AutoCAD How To Find & Open Autosave Backup Files! (.ac$ .bak) – 2 Minute Tuesday

Hey Everybody,

Brandon here with this weeks 2 Minute Tuesday post!

In this week’s video we are taking a quick yet detailed look at how to setup, find and open backup files (.bak) in AutoCAD.
This also includes how to use and recover autosave files (.ac$) which can literally be a project/life saver!

If you’ve been using AutoCAD for a while now, I’m sure you’ve come across these file types at some point or another. They can be used in similar ways and can save a ton of headache if things ever go wrong!

In the video I walk through the process of how to setup various options and features for your autosave files, including how to set the autosave time interval, save file path and even how to change the file name/type of your autosaves.

This goes for the .bak file as well, where we look at where they’re saved (hint: They’re in the same folder as your drawing (.dwg) file) as well as how you’ll need to modify them in order to open them in AutoCAD.

Check out this weeks full video below or here on the channel:

That’s all for today’s quick Autocad Tip, I hope you all were able to take something away from it and able to add a new tool to your CAD toolbox!


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Brandon is a Civil Designer, Aspiring Blogger/Creator, Husband, Father to two Amazing Kids and Tech Aficionado from a small town in Canada. He has been obsessed with design and technology since he can remember and working as a Civil Designer for nearly as long. Brandon’s blog and Youtube channel, has been his outlet and excuse for keeping up with new tech and trends in the CAD design world for the last 10 years growing to more than 60,000 subscribers and over 15,000,000 views, while also being the source of many great friendships and unique opportunities. If you would like to Sponsor CAD Intentions or Work together in some way, Please visit my About Page and send me an email: