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What's the difference between "Quicksave", "Autosave" and a standard "save"?

Can I use the keybind to "Quicksave" instead of opening the menu to save the game every time I think its important?

Will I be able to "Load" the quick saved game just like any other?

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Autosaves happen automatically according to your settings (On waiting, resting, fast traveling, changing location, or having the character menu open for a number of minutes). 3 autosaves are kept. Quicksaves are made on demand, and only 1 backup copy is kept. Regular saves are made on demand, and remain until you delete or overwrite them. Considering how many quest-breaking bugs there still are, you will likely regret not making a regular save every few hours.

You will always be able to load a save that hasn't been overwritten, which happens all the time to quick and autosaves. Unless it's corrupted, of course, which also happens not infrequently. Immediately reloading to a regular save you've made is recommended.

If you are on PC, using the save "name" console command can be immensely helpful. It is much easier to revert if your saves have meaningful names, rather than simply being numbered.

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Brilliant explanation. Thanks for the console command, i will use it for sure – Marcello Grechi Lins Feb 15 '12 at 21:52
Every few hours? I keep about 10-15 saves going, and save every 5 minutes or so. – Alan B Feb 17 '12 at 10:10
You save through the menu every 5 minutes, @AlanB? I admire your dedication, though it may be a good idea to keep at least a few saves that don't get overwritten every 50-75 minutes. – kotekzot Feb 17 '12 at 13:44

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