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Finding your FoodWorks data

30 October 2019

Do you know where your FoodWorks data is stored? And how to back it up?

Your FoodWorks database contains all the items that you create using FoodWorks (such as your recipes, ingredients, raw materials, product formulations, meal plans, and food records). You can create as many FoodWorks databases as you like.

It’s quite simple to look after your FoodWorks database (or databases).

A FoodWorks database is a Windows file (with the extension .fwb). You can save your database – like any file on your system – wherever you want to. And like any Windows file, you can search for it, copy it and move it.

As for any important work you do on your computer, you should make sure that your FoodWorks database is regularly backed up.

Finding your FoodWorks database

To find a database that you have recently opened:

  • When you start FoodWorks, the first dialog shows databases that you have recently opened listed on the right, along with their file location.


  • If you select the checkbox Do not show this window again, then in the future, the last database you worked on will be opened.

Alternatively, if FoodWorks is already running:

  • On the File menu, click Open. A list of recently opened databases is shown in the menu for you to select from.
  • Or you can browse your file system to locate your database by clicking FoodWorks Database File in the drop-down menu.


  • By default, if you did not choose the location where your database is saved, it will be saved in the FoodWorks folder in your Windows Documents folder.
  • If your database is not listed as a recent database, you can search for it as you would search for any file in your file system.

Seeing where your database is stored

To check where your open database is stored from within FoodWorks, on the File menu, click Database Properties.

The General tab shows the file name of your open database, and its location in your file system.

Backing up your database

It is very important to keep your work safe by backing up your FoodWorks databases regularly.

You should make sure that your databases are stored in a location that is part of your organisation’s standard, regular back-up routine. Or that you have your own personal regular back-up procedure in place.

If you are working in a networked environment, there are usually shared network drives available that are automatically backed up by your system administrator. In general, your FoodWorks database should be stored on one of these network drives.




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