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Make backup (bak) file creation optional

The bak file that is automatically created (and re-created if deleted) really clutters up our folders.

Please allow us to either turn it off, or specify a different location to hold our back up files.


Alteryx Community Team
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Thank you all for your feedback and use cases! I've insured this feedback has been put on our product team's radar for consideration in regards to this idea.

17 - Castor
17 - Castor

Agreed, they clogs up my directories  

7 - Meteor

Just do away with the bak file completely. If that is not possible, then have an option to disable it as a default for all workflows.

5 - Atom

We store all our documents in Teams/sharepoint/onedrive Folders and this process breaks the versioning system that they provide.  Please let us turn this off. 

8 - Asteroid

I could take a nice long vacation with all the time I've spent dealing with .bak files.  Please make their use optional.

13 - Pulsar

10 years old idea for a very, very, very simple improvement that would probably take less than a week of work.

11 - Bolide

now its even more easier to ignore public opinions, especially after regaining private company status.

5 - Atom

Sometimes when I'm writing a lot of data to multiple sheets in Excel, the flow stops because it's unable to create a backup file because it's still saving the backup from the previous tab. This is really annoying so being able to turn this feature off to help ensure a flow doesn't quit unexpectedly is critical. I use batch files to remove them at the end of a flow, but that doesn't resolve this issue. Please Alteryx team, add this feature.