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Ask When Opening Backup Documents


Problem description

By default, FrameMaker creates backup files from modified documents. Under ‘File > Preferences > General | Automatic Backup on Save’, this can be deactivated; however, sometimes this setting resets.

One problem with the backup files is that their file extension or file type does not differ from normal documents. It can thus happen that a backup document may inadvertently be opened up and edited.

Function description

When opening a backup document, the script prompts whether this is intentional.

If ‘No’ is answered, the script opens the regular document instead of the backup document.

The menu command functions as a switch. The current status is indicated by a checkmark in front of the command.


  • FrameMaker 6.0 or higher
  • FrameScript/ElmScript 4.1 or higher


The script works with structured and unstructured documents.

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