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if we accidentally save a word document where actually we want to save as.. is there anyway to undo it?
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It is easy to accidentally overwrite a file if you are updating a basic template (e.g. committee minutes or a resume.) If you have closed the document you are toast. Your only hope is to try to find an auto-saved version.

HOWEVER, if you hit SAVE instead of SAVE AS and you still have the document open do this:

1. Select all (CTRL A); Copy (CTRL C)

2. Open a new blank document and paste (CTRL V) your revised text in

3. Return to the one you want to recover. Use the UNDO command (CTRL Z) until you have backed out all the changes. Could take a while but should restore your document to its original state. SAVE again.

4. Now go to the NEW document and SAVE AS the new name.

Best practice: immediately do SAVE AS the new name when you open the document before making changes.
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by:ckivml
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Just one thing: The backup
facility is a Save preference called "Always Make Backup" which is accurate
to the last time you saved your document. The problem in this case is that
George had done a save of the new document which means that the backup would
have reflected this. In other words, he would have been totally screwed
even if "Always Make Backup" had been turned on.
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by:AndyEastham
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If you still have the document open, you may be able to proceed as follows:

1) Do "Save As" and save the document in a new location
2) Repeatedly do "Undo" until you get back to the document you started with
3) Do "Save As" the original document filename to save the original back to how it was

If you have closed the document, the only way to get back is to restore from backup. (Unless you are prepared to spend Big Money and send the disk to a data recovery expert)

Best regards,

Andy
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by:grnow
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thanks for all the suggestions.. unfortunately, the user had closed the document... the save autorecovery info every 10 mins is turned on. how do i double confirm if there's any auto save documents in word 2003? thanks.
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Hi ,

The default location for auto recovery files is the temp directory which could be something like the following:
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp (on Windows 7, probably Vista too)
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Temp (on Windows XP)

The filename will be:
AutoRecovery save of [document name].asd

You could also look for file names like ~xxxxx.tmp from the time the event happened, but these will probably have been deleted, because the document was saved properly. These files will be in the same directory as the document was opened from.

I found this formum which is a similar situation to yours - you could try the freeundelete recomendation it refers to (I assume it is a genuine peiece of software but I can't guarantee):
http://ask.metafilter.com/45828/Can-we-recover-a-savedover-Word-file

Also see for more info about temporary files:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/107686
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211632

Sorry I can't come up with a magic answer

Best regards,
Andy
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would like to close the question and award points for suggestion
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