Configure AutoSave / AutoRecovery Of Crashed Projects in Visual Studio 2005

By Lowell Heddings on November 22nd, 2006

Visual Studio 2005 has a new feature that lets you automatically save your projects and recover them when the IDE crashes. If you’ve done a lot of programming in Visual Studio, you’ll know that it tends to crash at just the wrong time.

To configure this option, go to Tools \ Options and then click on AutoRecover in the Environment section:

The option should be usually enabled by default.

When Visual Studio crashes, you’ll see a dialog like this when you restart:

All you have to do is click the Recover button, and you are right back where you were.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/22/06
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