Book Disappeared and Replaced by Other Book

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Sep 11, 2021 Sep 11, 2021

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I had just finished making a book in the book module, but hadn't yet saved it.  I moved to a previous book I made last year as I wanted to check the font type and size on the spine for consistency, but when I went back to the book I had just made it seems to have been replaced with last year's book.  I've changed module and gone back but that doesn't seem to have made any difference.  When I click undo, the things it is undoing are the last edits from my book, but I can't find it anywhere!  How can it know what i've done but not find it?  Does anyone have any idea what might have happened, or how I might get it back?  It was 150+ pages and i'm gutted to have lost everything I had done.

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Sep 11, 2021 Sep 11, 2021

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It is most important that when you start a new book that you should click on the tab at the top of screen that is [Create Saved Book]. If you did not do this then you will not find it!

[Create Saved Book] creates a special type of Collection in the Collections panel- a "Book Collection".

Now you MUST ALWAYS re-open this Book by a [Double-Click] on this Saved Book Collection (or a click on the arrow that appears at the end of the Book Collection name).

Only a 'Saved Book Collection' will record all your editing of this particular  book design.

By clicking on the top Module Menu [Book] LrC believes you are starting a 'new' book and previous editing done is lost if you have not created a Saved Book Collection.

 

Another hint is to also make "Duplicate" copies of Saved Book Collections (by a [RIght-Click] ) and treat these copies as Book Backups, or alternative design choices for your book.

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 11.0.1, Photoshop 23.0.2, Lightroom 5.0, Bridge 12.0, Windows-10.

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Sep 12, 2021 Sep 12, 2021

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Many thanks Rob, lesson learnt the hard way!  New version nearly complete.  I'd been swapping between modules frequently as I made the book without issue - very annoying that it suddenly decided to lose it all at the last minute!  Anyway, book saved on creation this time.

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