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Tech Tip: Launching the Most Recent Document

June 1, 2018
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You did it. You hit your writing quota for the day. Whether it’s 5, 10 or even 15 pages, you’ve successfully fulfilled your daily creative endeavor and have earned a well-deserved break, so go ahead and close Final Draft. Yes, you read that correctly – quit Final Draft until tomorrow, and when you’re ready to re-open your script, we’ll show you exactly how you can pick up where you left off. Today’s Tech Tip: Launching the Most Recent Document...


Depending on if a Mac or a Windows computer is being used, the process for defaulting to the last worked on script file is different, but the results are the same. On a Windows computer, the setting can be found in Final Draft; on a Mac, it’s an Operating System (OS) setting. We’ll show you how to toggle this setting on and off for both machines.
If you’re working on a Windows machine and want Final Draft to open on the last script you were working on, simply go to Tools > Options > General and check off, “On launch show last documents open.” Save your script, close Final Draft and re-open it. Instead of a blank, untitled screenplay, you’ll be staring at your work-in-progress.

On Mac, select the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of your screen and select, System Preferences > General and uncheck the box labeled, “Close windows when quitting an app.” This will ensure that the last opened documents will be restored when you re-open Final Draft. Please note, as this is an OS setting, it will be applied to all programs throughout the machine.


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