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A Sibelius document is really no different than a word processing document. It's very easy to save, and keep track of, as long as you have some basic computing skills. Let's take a look, now, at the options that Sibelius gives us for saving. In the File tab, we have three options for saving our scores. Save; this is your standard save command, which rewrites your file to save all of your existing changes. Typing Control+S on PC, or Command+S on Mac, will accomplish the same type of save as if you choose this Save command from the File tab. Save As; Sibelius also provides you with a traditional Save As command.
If you choose Save As, Sibelius will prompt you with a dialog box, so that you can assign a new name to your document, and/or save your document to a new location. If you make your way down to Export, this is a way to save your Sibelius document in different formats, so that you can open it in a variety of software programs. We'll have more about some of the exporting options in future videos. Although, I should point out that Sibelius 7 does come with the ability to export your score as a MusicXML, and that's a feature that was missing from previous versions of the software.
Additionally, exporting is the way to back-save your Sibelius 7 files to previous versions, so that they can be opened in previous versions of the software. Let's go ahead and exit out of the File tab, using the Escape key. Now, you should be aware that outside of the traditional saving options that we've just seen in the File tab, in the background, Sibelius is always working to save your work for you, just in case something catastrophic should happen. Sibelius actually has not only one, but two automatic background processes working to save your score: Auto-save, and Auto backup.
When you install Sibelius, it is preset to automatically save your work every 10 minutes. This setting is found in the File tab, in Preferences, down toward the bottom, and it's on the Files page. So you can make your way to the Files page here, and all the way to the right-hand side, here's Auto-save right there. You can choose your own desired interval of time for Auto-save, or you can uncheck the feature to turn it off. With Auto-save on, if Sibelius, or your computer were to crash, the next time you launch Sibelius, it will search in a special folder, and if it finds any scores in that folder, you'll be asked if you want to restore them.
You should know that if Sibelius shuts down normally, all of the files in the Auto-save folder will be deleted. So you'd never want to save your work directly to the Auto-save folder, and in fact, it's best that you don't even know where that folder resides on your system. Now, the second automatic save feature in Sibelius is called Auto backup. Every time you save your score, Sibelius saves a second copy of it with a version number in your backup scores folder on your computer. The backup scores folder is located in the same path as your default save location, which is this location that you see here in Preferences.
If you ever accidentally delete, or mess up a score, you can look in your backup folder to get the latest version of your score that you had saved. Sibelius saves different versions of the last 200 scores that you've saved yourself. So, as you can see, not only is saving your score simple, but Sibelius has some great built-in features to save you, should something go wrong while you're working.
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