Use this option to create automatic backups of the macro data file currently in use. This option allows for selecting the frequency of the backups, the number of backups to store and where to save the backup files.



Macro Express Explorer > Options > Preferences >General > Backup



Note: Automatic backups will only occur after the macro (.mex) file has been modified. In the example from the image above, if the file has not been modified, then starting the program or closing the editor will not trigger a backup. Only if the file as been modified, does the automatic backup occur. The date/time stamp of the backup file will match the date/time when the original (.mex) macro file was last modified.


Disabling, enabling and deleting macros, as well as creating new or editing existing macros, are considered modifications to the file and will initiate a backup.




Determine the frequency of backups.


Backup when program starts

A backup of the data is created when the Macro Express Player is started.


Backup when program closes

This creates a backup of the data every time that the Macro Express Player is closed.


Backup when an editor closes

A data backup file is created each time one of the Macro Express editor windows closes. This includes the Script Editor, the Menu Builder, the Quick Wizard and the Macro Express - Explorer window.


Backup Every ___ Day at _____________

This options provides flexibility for creating a backup schedule. Select the number of days between backups. If the number 2 is entered, then a backup will run every two days. Choose to have the backups run when the program starts, closes or select a specific time of the day.


No Backup

To not schedule any backups, leave the four options unchecked. Manually back up the macro file by opening the Macro Express - Explorer window and clicking on File > Backup. See the Backing Up Macros topic for more information on this.





Choose to display a message notifying of a backup and decide how many backup files to keep.


Display message while backing up

Choose this option to display a message on screen when the backup occurs. If the file is small, this may happen almost instantaneously, so that the display message may not be visible. If the backups are scheduled intermittently, then this may serve as a reminder that a backup is in progress.


Keep __ Backups

Specify the number of backup copies to store on the computer. The default number of backup files is 10.





Backup Location

Specify the location of the backup files from the drop down list. Select the number of backup copies to keep.


Backup to the Same Folder as the Macro File

The backup file is created and saved into the same folder where the original macro file is currently located.


Backup to a Specific Path

Use this option to store the backups in a folder other than the one where the original file is located.


Backup Path

If using the Backup to a Specific Path option, click on the Browse button to select the location where the backup file will be stored. Or type in the full file path in the edit field.


Click on the Folder button to open the folder containing the backup files.



Note: To manually back up the macro file at any time, open the Macro Express Explorer window and click on File > Backup.