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Recover unsaved Word doc

Posted on 2012-03-16
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Word 2010 and Windows 7, How can I recover a unsaved word doc? I searched but did not find it with todays date. Also did the file> recent > recover unsaved documents.
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by:byundt
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On my computer, I need to open the Windows Explorer file browser and look at the default AutoSave location for a .asd file extension. For me, the default folder is:
C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word

You can find your default location by:
1) On the File menu, choose Options
2) On the Save tab of the resulting dialog, hope that the box for "Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving" box is checked.
3) Copy the path for the AutoSave file location. You can paste this in Windows Explorer.
4) You will not see the file by clicking the Browse button. You need to open the Windows Explorer from the Start menu (or taskbar)

Good luck! (Though I suspect that you will need to begin retyping the document)

Brad
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go to Control Panel | Folder Options | make sure the following
- select Show hidden files, folders, and drives
- uncheck Hide empty Drives in the Computer folder
- uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
- uncheck Hide Protected operating system files (Recommended)

do a normal search for the file it should show up.
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by:nobus
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you can always look if a recovery software finds it - here a list :
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm      pc Inspector -FREE -
      http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/standard            FREE  -  Recuva
      http://www.stellarinfo.com/                              Stellar
http://www.runtime.org/                              GetDataBack
http://www.ontrack.com/                              Ontrack

DO NOT install anything on that disk before you recovered the document - hook it to another working PC  to do so
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