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Now that you have a basic understanding of what a project file is and what it does, I want to look at some of the settings that you can use to control where these project files are created. Let's first open up the Projects dialog box again. Under the Launch panel on the Getting Started tab you can select Projects and it brings the Project dialog box up again. And the reason I wanted to bring this up is so that you can see what we're about to change. You'll notice from my screen that I list of a bunch of projects that I've created.
Now, your screen might not look like this. It probably won't, actually. Because if you just getting started with Inventor, you may not have created any projects yet. This list will get populated as you create new projects. But, for this example, we'll use what I have on my screen just so you can see where these settings are and what are changed. And then you can make the adjustments as you see fit for your learning experience. On the top section of this dialog box we have a list of the projects. And you'll notice something in common between all of them, or at least most of them.
And that's the location where the project file, or the folder for those files, is actually located. You'll notice that my Inventor Essentials project, which I have active, is located at C File Storage Lynda Inventor Essentials, Inventor Essentials exercise files. Now the rest of the projects, the ones that I use on a daily basis for work, for practice, and, and my own learning, are found in C, File Storage, Autodesk, Inventor projects.
Now, what's important about what we're going to cover here is the location where project files are stored. By default, it is not this location. It's your user profile, and we'll look at that in a second. But what I've done, is actually changed this for a very specific reason. I know that my file storage folder is backed up on a regular basis. So I've changed my settings to be located in a safe location. And I recommend that you do the same. Now you don't have to for this course, by any means. But in a commercial environment, and just for general good practice, I highly recommend trying to locate the general project files in a backed up location.
That doesn't mean that you can't create a project that's outside of that location. It just means that in general the majority of your stuff is going to be safe and it, it's just a wise tip. So I'm going to click Done and then we are going to look at where we can change that setting. If you go to the Application menu in the upper right hand corner and left-click. You can select Options down at the bottom. Now if your dialog box opens and you're not on the File tab, there's a good chance that you're on the General tab. Simply select the File tab to view what you see on the screen.
Now on the File tab, this is essentially where Inventor defines locations for files it needs. Not just project files but design files, undo files, template files, things like that, and the one we want to focus on here is the Project folder. Here you can see, is the location that we saw for most of the projects in my window, and that's C File Storage Autodesk Inventor projects, and that's just a folder I created and that I defined. Now by default you're probably going to see something like this Public Documents/Autodesk/Inventor 2014/Projects or something to that effect.
That location's perfectly fine and you can use that still to create multiple projects in that location. But it's just wise that you understand where those files are being placed, again so that you can properly back them up. And that you, so that you just generally understand where the files are located in your system. If you want to change this location you can use the button to the right, and it brings up a basic browse dialog. It allows you to select a different location on the network or on your hard drive or create a new folder if you need to. Now, I'm going to go ahead and click Cancel.
And next we can actually look at creating projects themselves.
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