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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lullybee, Oct 11, 2008.

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  1. lullybee

    lullybee Thread Starter

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    Hi there, I am not Particularly technically minded and I have completely lost a file that I know I saved! The only problem is I don't know where - (I ususally choose from the list when I save but forgot) I have gone to recent documents and it isn't there and done the search option and no joy - I was thinking it couldn't be there so I tried to save the spreadsheet document with the same name (minus the work I had spent the whole day on) and it tells me it already exists so I know it's there but it is a mystery where .....HELP!!!!!
     
  2. Greenseason

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    Hi lullybee, I know that you said you have tried your documents folder, but have you taken a look in your recent items folder as well?
     
  3. lullybee

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    Unfortunately I have and nothing - :confused:
     
  4. edhicks

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    lullybee

    This is a stretch but nothing ventured nothing lost

    Open a new excel file
    put cell function in a convenient cell(A5 for example) as =cell(filename)

    save the file, close the file, reopen the file

    examine the results in A5 of =cell(filename)
    It shows the default path for your .xls files
    Browse that path for the missing file

    my system returns the following
    C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\accounting\[test.xls]Sheet1

    I would look in C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\accounting
    checking by name and/or date modified for the missing file
    Good Luck Keep us posted of any results or questions (y)
     
  5. kiwiguy

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    Simply create any file in Excel and go File - Save As

    That will show you where it wants to save by default.
    The default setting is also available in Options (depends what Excel version though)
     
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