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PDF File Viewed Through IE, Stored Temporarily, Need to Find it

Hi Guys,

Just need some assistance with a PDF issue I'm having. I viewed it through 'Open' in IE (as opposed to 'Save') and then exited it. I can no longer get this document from the source and was attempting to find the temporarily stored document on my PC.

I have checked in all the obvious places (History, searched Temporary Internet Files for PDFs) and was wondering if someone could outline the life of a temporarily stored document (such as the places it gets stored, how long by default till it is cleared, any tricks like the possibility of a file being renamed or the file extension being 'stripped', or any other helpful info) so I can get an idea of how long it would have been stored for and whether I can still recover it.

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Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools, Internet Options, in the Temporary Internet Files section click Settings. A new window will open. Click the button View Files, and you should see your PDF if it has not been purged yet.
Go to My computer, and enter this in the address bar....

%userprofile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

Then hit CTRL-F, and search for *.pdf

Make sure to se the advanced options, for hidden and system files.....
unlocktechnologyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help so far, but I have tried both of these suggestions and had no success finding the file. I've searched the entire PC for files with a .PDF extension, and have not been able to find the document I'm looking for. Does anyone have any other ideas?
If you cannot find it the way I suggested, it has been erased. Either it has been too long, your temp files have gotten too large, or you have IE set to delete temp files when IE exits.
Go to this location: C:\InetTemp and view in "details" and look for file named Adobe Acrobat Document.
It should be there.

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