I’m guessing if you’re like me you have a love/hate relationship with Automatic Save. I love it when it saves my bacon by saving a copy of a drawing before it gets corrupted but I hate it when it interrupts me while I’m looking at a large drawing. I am going to show you a couple of tricks for controlling Automatic Save so it works with you, not against you.
The secret is this little command called SAVETIME. Type SAVETIME on the command line and set it to 0 (zero) to turn Automatic Save off. Set SAVETIME to any other number and that will be the number of minutes between Automatic Saves.
For example if you want to open a large drawing but don’t want Automatic Save to interrupt you every few minutes, set SAVETIME to zero. Be sure to set SAVETIME to another number after you close the large drawing to turn Automatic Save back on.
If you want to get all fancy, you can make a macro in a toolbar or Tool Palette to toggle Automatic Save on and off.
I stole the code from the Properties button and modified it to toggle Automatic Save on and off:
Do you have any tips or tricks for working with Automatic Save?