Adobe has really outdone themselves in terms of annoyances designed to help. I might have ten unsaved inDesign docs open that I use for creating documents in other programs. I don't need these docs ever again once I am done with them, and yet Adobe is oh so "helpful" in reopening them every time I relaunch the app, even though I've closed them without saving. I've tried making the recovery folder read-only but that makes the entire program die. I've set up an Automator script to find the files and trash them and even empty the trash using Applescript, but I don't see a tidy way of making this happen every time I exit inDesign. InDesign completely ignores my system preferences to NOT REOPEN files - ("When selected, open documents and windows will not be restored when you re-open an application") - because what, they think we are helpless neophytes who do not know what is best for us? Why is there not at least an option to turn off this setting?
I'd really like to know if there is a way to tell InDesign to destroy these unwanted files upon quitting the application, if anyone out there has had success with it.
I'm looking for something more automated. I already created an automator script to delete the files in the Recovery folder, but I don't want to have to remember to do this every time I quit inDesign. Honestly, Adobe should make this restore function optional, but in the mean time I don't want to have to waste time either launching a script or dragging files to the trash.
What you're describing is not normal behaviour. If you close InDesign,
it will ask you one by one whether to save each file (if it has been
modified since opening). Whether you save or not, when you next open
InDesign, those files will not be automatically opened. InDesign's
"automatic recovery" feature only kicks in if InDesign has crashed or
you force-close it. Not if you close it normally.
Peter's right on this one. When you quit the OS in 10.7 0r 10.8, in the dialog which appears is a checkbox which says something like Restore Applications and Windows On Restart. Uncheck it.
Yes and that box is checked to tell it to NOT restore any windows or files, as I mentioned in my post. InDesign overrides this, thinking we know not what we want with our computers.
Perhaps it was on force quit, and these unsavd files kept reappearing. How do I prevent that from happening?
In my experience, if you force quit InDesign, the program thinks that something went wrong and attempts to recove those unsaved files.
If you have several "unsaved" files open and no longer need them, a better practice may be to simply option click the red button, and one by one tell InDesign not to save each of the files. It's a relatively painless proceedure and takes only seconds to click through each dialog box.
Just a thought.
Thanks for all the feedback -quite more than I thought I'd get! Yes you are all correct - it only happens on force quit, which has been an unfortunate byproduct of allowing my computer to sleep at night while connected to a network (it's a new problem on a brand new computer, still trying to figure that one out). Not that the open files are connected to a network. They are untitled docs that I've opened "as copy" so others in my office can still open the originals and I've no need to save them. If I have to force quit, that means I can't quit the app normally - it has become unresponsive. Except for that Recovery folder. That thing has a life all of its own!
I still think that Adobe shouldn't override an operating system setting. Or at least it should be an option but not an unchangeable feature.
The recovery folder is working as designed, and it isn't overridding a sytem setting -- it's recovering from a crash, and in the event that a crash happens when you're actually working I suspect your attitude will change. If you close things down before you quit for the day you can still leave the computer on, but I bet this annoyance will disappear completely.
The OP should thank Peter and other respondants - post #9 notwithstanding, but the verbal abuse has continued - rethink their habit's and move on.
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