The auto-save function stores a version of the currently active project at regular intervals, including new projects you have not explicitly saved yet. This reduces the chances of losing significant amounts of work if you accidentally close a project without saving or in the unlikely event that Dorico Pro or your computer crashes.

Dorico Pro saves auto-saved projects in an AutoSave folder inside the application data folder for your user account. You cannot change this location.

  • Dorico Pro might become less responsive briefly in order to perform auto-saves, particularly for larger projects.

  • Dorico Pro does not generate preview images when auto-saving.

Auto-save with multiple projects open

Only the currently activated project is auto-saved at each auto-save interval if you have multiple projects open. This is because only a single project at a time can be activated for playback. If you are switching between multiple projects frequently, we recommend that you set a smaller auto-save interval.

Removal of auto-save files

All files in the AutoSave folder are automatically deleted when you close their corresponding projects and also when you quit Dorico Pro. You can find deleted auto-saved projects in the bin on your computer. Dorico Pro automatically adds “[AutoSave]” to the end of auto-saved project file names so you can identify them.


When Dorico Pro deletes files from the AutoSave folder, this includes any files in the folder, not just auto-saved Dorico projects. Therefore, it is important that you do not manually save anything in the AutoSave folder.


If you want to access earlier versions of projects, you can use project backups.