How can I backup my open unsaved files (in the backup folder) via Dropbox?

  • Hi, I like to use Notepad++ because every 7 seconds it automatically backs up open unsaved files in a backup folder: I have ‘Enable session snapshot and periodic backup’ checked, and it works great. But I’d like to have that backup folder (C:\Users[User]\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup\) backed up online just to be on the safe side.

    I have Dropbox and so ideally I’d like to move that backup folder into C:\Users[User]\Dropbox. Unfortunately, it looks like Notepad++ will not allow the user to change the location of the backup folder. If I go to Settings > Preferences > Backup and try to write in the ‘Backup path’ field, to change it from C:\Users[User]\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup\ to C:\Users[User]\Dropbox\backup\, it refuses to allow me to type in the field. This is very frustrating.

    Another option I’ve tried is to set a cloud location path. I go to Settings > Preferences > Cloud and in the ‘Set your cloud location path here’ field, I enter C:\Users[User]\Dropbox. After closing and re-opening Notepad++, this technique seems to have actually changed the backup path in Settings > Preferences > Backup to C:\Users[User]\Dropbox\backup\. Amazing success? No. The appearances are deceiving. Even though the backup path says C:\Users[User]\Dropbox\backup\, in reality nothing has changed, and the open unsaved files are still being backed up in the original backup folder (C:\Users[User]\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup\). And that means the backup folder is not being backed up online via Dropbox. Again, very frustrating.

    Can anyone explain this odd behavior? Can anyone explain how on earth to backup my backup folder? For the record, I’m running Notepad++ v7.5.1 in Windows 7. Thanks!

  • Make sure you do this:

    1. Set Preferences/Cloud to:
      <path to>\Dropbox\Notepad++

    Then close Notepad++ and look at the Preferences/Backup/Backup path field. It should say:
    <path to>\Dropbox\Notepad++\backup\

    Check that the \backup\ folder exists in the Notepad++ folder in Dropbox. If not, create it and close Notepad++ again.
    Then see if it works now.

  • Hi, I did what you said, but while it did change the path field and it did create five xml files in the new \Notepad++\ folder, it didn’t create a new \backup\ folder, and when I created the \backup\ folder myself it didn’t start using it. In other words, it’s still using the original backup folder even though it says it’s using the new backup folder.

  • Does it do that with new and old files you use in Notepad++?
    If you were to create a new file does it backup to the Dropbox?

  • Thank you, that solved the problem. I just had to copy and paste my old unsaved files into new unsaved files, and now they’re being created in the new backup folder and backed up by Dropbox.

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