Working with WillMaker Forms and Interviews

Does WillMaker make backups of my documents?
How do I open documents in my backup folder?
How do I change the formatting of my documents?
Can I see a sample document before completing a document interview?

Does WillMaker make backups of my documents?

For your protection, WillMaker automatically creates a backup copy of your WillMaker File every time you work on it. This file is kept in a folder in your My Documents (Windows XP) or Documents (Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8) folder called "Nolo Documents Backup." We suggest copying these backup WillMaker Files to an external medium (backup storage, external hard-drive, flash drive or CD/DVD) and storing them in a separate location. You can also change where WillMaker stores backups.

How do I open documents in my backup folder?

To protect against inadvertently overwriting a backup, the program won't let you open a WillMaker File while it's stored in the Nolo Documents Backup folder. If there's a problem with your original WillMaker File, and you need to use the backup, copy the backup from the Nolo Documents Backup folder to a different location.

How do I change the formatting of my documents?

Generally, you do not need to change any of the default formatting of your documents. Nolo legal editors have checked the documents and verified that signature lines and witness lines appear as they are supposed to.

That said, the program does allow you to change the font, line spacing and margins of your documents. Choose File > Print Options or select Print Options from the Print Preview screen. Make your adjustments in the Print Options window and click OK. The changes will appear in the preview of your document.

To restore the default settings at any time, return to the WillMaker program window, choose File > Print Options. When the options dialog comes up, click the Use Defaults button.

You can also export your document to a text file and edit your document in a word processor (see below), but it is safer to format your document using the options within WillMaker. To export your document to text, go to the Print Preview screen and select File > Export.

Can I see a sample document before completing a document interview?

To see an example of a completed document:

  • Use the My Documents screen to select the document you want to create.
  • Select the document you want to see and continue to the first interview screen.
  • At the bottom of the first guide topic, find View an example... and click the link.

This will open a completed version of the document, using fictitious data. Your actual customized document might look different, based on the interview answers you provide.

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