I had to set up Settings > Preferences > Backup > None because I noticed that Notepad++ never deletes backup files. Is there a way to set it to automatically delete backups if a user has saved the document? Sometimes the backups are useful only if something goes wrong before saving the file so is there away to make Notepad++ delete Backups automatically? Also, can you change how often backups take place?
Backups are not time - use the AutoSave plugin for such a feature. Backups are snapshots taken before the effective, and possibly destructive, save of a file.
Removing backups should be a user decision. Usually you want to go back to some backed up version on opening a file and facing some mess - after opening it.
I can see the merits of a batch command like "kill all backups older than 3 days". Then all you need is to record the command as a Run command.
Thank you for your reply. Autosave plugin does not appear to have an option to delete Backup files once the program exits without crashing.
If people type a thousand files, their concern is that something would happen during the time they are typing and before files are saved/backed up and Notepad++ closed. Under current setup, I understand that once finished, people are supposed to clean up a thousand backup files ; Not to mention that sometimes they don't want certain files staying in the backup location instead of where they are supposed to be - sometimes not even on the system.
Backup option therefore is needed only from the time before Notepad++ is gracefully closed. It is only needed to guard against a system crashing/freezing.