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17-May-2006, 01:36 PM #1
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Dear Friends,

First of all I apologise as I know that this topic has been posted on the Forum previously but I have been unable to locate the Threads. The O.S. on our computer is XP Home Edition and we use Word 2000.

My wife is the Secretary of a local organisation and typed out three A4 sized pages of Minutes of a Meeting when she decided to end the session and resume the next day. Unfortunately in a "Senior Moment" she clicked the X in the top right hand corner and clicked no to saving the changes in the subsequent dialogue box. As a result she had to re-type the three pages.

In case this happens again I wanted to be prepared. I believe the "file" will still be on the Hard Drive until overwritten but that there is no way on XP that you can rescue it. I seem to recall however on a previous post that there may be some third party software that might be of help and I wondered whether any kind person has any information on this matter.

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17-May-2006, 01:51 PM #2
Do you have Autosave enabled in Word? I am not sure how Word handles the temporary files if one specificaly says not to Save the edited version, as compared to system glitch in the middle of editing. If you use Autosave, this MS article may be of some help in finding the temorary file:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/107686
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17-May-2006, 05:14 PM #3
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Dear cwwozniak,

Thank you for your very helpful reply.

Under Tools / Options / File Locations tab/ the specified folder for Auto Recovered files was listed. On the Save tab the AutoRecover was not set ( i.e. not checked).

However reading the Microsoft article it states " AutoRecover is only effective for unplanned disruptions, such as power outages or a crash. AutoRecover files are not designed to be saved when a log off is scheduled or an orderly shutdown occurs" It would appear therefore that in the circumstances I mentioned in my original post, AutoRecover would not have "operated" even if it had been set.

Again many thanks for your kind reply.

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17-May-2006, 09:25 PM #4
Go Back is a little program that comes as part of Norton SystemWorks. It will take you back to a safe moment in time (it will offer several choices), so that you can back up your computer to before the document was deleted. It has saved me more than once! I don't know whether it is available as a stand-alone program or not. You can probably check it out at their Web site.
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Dear EB Schrader,

Thank you for your kind response I will certainly investigate the programme you mentioned.

Kind Regards,

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18-May-2006, 06:33 PM #6
Go Back isn't going to help if the document was never saved.
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18-May-2006, 06:53 PM #7
NOTHING will help if the document was never saved, even once! I assumed that the document might have existed prior to the final revisions, which has been the case with documents I have managed to save with Go Back. I've used it for many years very successfully.
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19-May-2006, 12:20 PM #8
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Dear EB Schrader and Double Helix,

Thank you both for your latest information and now understand the significance of the document never having been saved. Go Back still looks like a useful facility and although it is part of Norton System Works, I have discovered that it can be purchased as a "stand alone" item.

Thank you both again.

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