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lullybee

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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!!!!!
 
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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?
 
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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)
 
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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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