Recovering UnSaved Word File

Posted on 2008-11-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I created a Word doc on 10/30/08 and now can't find it.  I think I may have not saved the file but my autorecover is on and I don't see anything in there.  I have unchecked the hidden files and system files boxes already.  any ideas?
Question by:reyna04
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    Expert Comment

    unfortunately, if you don't save the file and then you close it there is no trace of it.  autorecovery only works if it is open and word crashes or your computer crashes

    you can try doing a file search for *.doc on your hard drive to find all word files.
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    Accepted Solution

    If you can't find your file searching for *.doc files, do a system wide search for *.ASD files created or changed on 10/30/08.
    Should one be found, proceed as follows:
    -In Word, select the Open File dialogue
    -In the File of type list, click All Files (*.*).
    -Locate and select the .asd file.
    -Click Open.
    -Restart the computer.
    -Restart Word.

    If Word finds the AutoRecover file, the Document Recovery task pane opens on the left side of the screen, and the lost document is listed as DocumentName [Original] or as DocumentName [Recovered].  In Word 2007, double-click the file in the Document Recovery task pane, click the Microsoft Office Button, click Save As, and then save the document as a .docx file.

    In case you don't find a *.ASD file, there is still hope. Run a system-wide search for all files (*.*) created or changed on 10/30/08.
    Check carefully whether files are found that match the following pattern:
    ~*.* (files beginning with a ~ tilde)

    If yes, open Word, and, one after the other, select each of these files found in the File Open dialogue with All Files (*.*) enabled.
    You may be lucky and your lost file is among them.

    If it is among them and seems to be corrupt, try this:
    Close the file without saving
    Reselect it in the File Open dialogue
    Instead of opening, select the Open dropdown box in the lower right corner and select Open and Repair.

    Good luck.
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    Expert Comment

    Unfortunately, if you didn't save the file and you shut down Word normally (meaning, it didn't crash), then I'm 99.9% sure that you'll never find it. Here's some more info on autorecover and temp files, though:
    (see #3):

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