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Monday, September 18, 2006

Word as a Backup Tool

At first I didn't take this too seriously: using Microsoft Word as a backup tool. However, after I used Word Backup, I saw how simple it was to configure the backup process to only include the folders and files that I wanted. Word Backup by default backs up the user specific Desktop, My Documents, Templates, Internet Explorer Favorites and the Windows Fonts folders.

Another plus is that future backups only take place if a file has been modified so it saves time when you want to backup your files again. It's also oddly fun to use Word like this.

1. Download Word Backup [it's a self-extracting EXE file].

2. Once you extract the two files, you can open up ConfigWordBackup.cfg in a text editor like Notepad to customize the backup.

3. To choose a different backup folder, replace ";altpath=c:\backuptest\test1" with "altpath=choosepath" where choosepath is your choice.

4. To add more folders to backup, enter the directory paths under the [Folders] section. For instance, if you wanted to backup My Music, you'd type in "C:\My Music" if that's where the folder is located.

5. You can also choose not to backup the default folders. For example, if you don't want to backup your Desktop, remove the semicolon from ";NoDesktop".

6. Once you're done, save the config file and exit it. Double click on WordBackup.dot and your backup will begin.


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