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Locating OnePager data when your computer is no longer operational (v5.1 or earlier)

These instructions are intended for users of OnePager 5.1 or earlier. We have separate instructions for OnePager 5.2 or later.

If your computer is no longer operational and you need to transfer your OnePager data to a new computer, your IT team may be able to assist you in recovering your files. There are two places to look for your OnePager data:

Preferred Method: Main Data File

OnePager stores all of its project views and user profiles (templates) in a data file. The data file is called DefaultDB*.t_d, where the * represents the version number. For example, the data file for OnePager Pro 4.2.3 is named DefaultDB_4_2_3.t_d. If you copy this file from one machine to another, everything will work just fine as long as you are running the same version of OnePager on both machines.

The data file is on your old computer's hard drive. Its default location depends on the version of Windows you are running:

  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[YOUR USERNAME]\Local Settings\Application Data\Chronicle Graphics\OnePager\data
  • Windows Vista or Windows 7/8/10: C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Chronicle Graphics\OnePager\data

On occasion, your IT or IS department will customize the location of your OnePager data file. If you are unable to find your data in either of the two locations above, you will need to check your registry to see where the data is being stored. This is easy to do:

  1. Launch the registry editor by opening a command prompt and typing regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Chronicle Graphics -> OnePager
  3. Locate the CGDataPath item as shown below. This is the location of your OnePager data file:
    Registry settings for location of OnePager data file

Now, locate the data folder on your new computer and copy the data file into the same location. The next time you launch OnePager, all of your data will have been transferred over.

Note: This process will work seamlessly if you are transferring data between the same versions of OnePager. If you want to transfer the data for a different version of OnePager to another computer, it is not recommended to copy the DefaultDb file because the DefaultDB file is version dependent. For this case, e-mail your data file to [email protected]. We will convert it for you, and provide you with additional import instructions.

Alternate Method: Automatic Backup File

Most versions of OnePager have an automatic backup capability that preserves your data every 15 days (by default) in case of a hardware failure. If you are unable to find your main data file, you might want to try to locate your backup data file instead.

The automatic backup file is on your old computer's hard drive in the My Documents folder. Its default location depends on the version of Windows you are running:

  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[YOUR USERNAME]\My Documents\Chronicle Graphics\OnePager Pro\
  • Windows Vista: C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\Documents\Chronicle Graphics\OnePager Pro\
  • Windows 7/8/10: C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\My Documents\Chronicle Graphics\OnePager Pro\

If you are using OnePager Express, locate the "OnePager Express" folder instead of "OnePager Pro". You should see a list of backup files in the folder as shown below. Locate the latest one and move it to your new computer.
OnePager automatic backup files

On occasion, your IT or IS department will customize the location of your OnePager backup file. If you are unable to find your backup data in your My Documents folder, you will need to check your registry to see where the data is being stored. This is easy to do:

  1. Launch the registry editor by opening a command prompt and typing regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Chronicle Graphics -> OnePager
  3. Locate the AutoBackPath item as shown below. This is the location of your OnePager automatic backup file:
    Registry settings for location of OnePager auto backup file


Last Updated: December 27, 2019