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Where Your Stories Are Saved

Please read this section carefully. Not understanding where your stories are saved can cause you to accidentally lose your work.

Stories in Twine 2 are saved to your web browser itself, not to the web site. 1) This is the case even if you're running Twine 2 from a copy you downloaded to your own computer.

Because of this, if you use multiple web browsers or profiles on your computer, the stories saved to one browser will not be available to any other. (Likewise, an in-progress story using Twine 2 will not be available on any other computer.)

And more importantly, deleting your browser's history will also delete your stories. The exact option that will do this goes under different names in different browsers.

In Chrome:

  • There is a button on the Settings page named Clear browsing data. You can safely choose any checkbox on the resulting dialog box except Cookies and other site and plug-in data.
  • Using the Reset settings button on the Settings page will also delete your stories.

In Firefox:

  • There is a link labeled Clear recent history in the Privacy tab of the Preferences dialog. You can safely use this if you click the triangle button at the bottom the resulting dialog box and uncheck Cookies.

In Internet Explorer:

  • There's a menu item named Delete browsing history in the Safety menu. You can safely use this if you make sure to uncheck the Cookies checkbox in the resulting dialog box.
  • It is also possible to get to the Delete browsing history dialog by choosing Internet Options from the gear menu, then looking in the General tab. The same considerations as above apply.

In Safari:

  • Choosing Remove All Website Data from the Privacy tab in the Preferences dialog will delete all of your stories.
  • Choosing Reset Safari from the Safari menu will delete all of your stories.

Yikes, right? The best thing to do to avoid these problems is to regularly archive your work with the Archive link on the right sidebar of the story list. This saves all of your stories to a file on your computer that can then be restored with the Import link on the same page.

Technically speaking, they are saved to your browser's local storage. Local storage is a way for web sites to save data in your own browser instead of on the web site itself. That's why you don't have to create an account if you are using the online version of Twine 2 – it's saving your stories directly to your computer.
twine2/where_your_stories_are_saved.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/09 20:39 (external edit)