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Solved: Lost Microsoft Word Document

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by puppypaws, Nov 5, 2011.

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  1. puppypaws

    puppypaws Thread Starter

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    I am using Office 2000 with XP Pro, IE8, and SP3. I had three pages typed in MS Word for a newspaper article and lost everything except the first two paragraphs. I've never had this happen, so I certainly have no idea of what caused the problem. I was wondering if there is anyway to recover my information, there was a great deal of thought and work involved in this document. I would greatly appreciate any help I may receive, this has been energy draining as I have tried to recover this information to no avail.

    Thanks for any help someone may be willing to offer.


    Reid
     
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi,
    First off (I have to ask) have you looked in the recycle bin - just in case.

    If not, Recuva (freeware) often recommended here.

    http://www.piriform.com/recuva

    ... and for the future, I find FileHamster useful at maintaining running backups
    http://www.filehamster.com/

    Hope this helps?

    Richard
     
  3. Phantom010

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    Looks like you saved the document to a temporary folder. Were you working on the document from an email message?
     
  4. flavallee

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    When you're creating a document that's lengthly, it's a good idea to stop every few minutes and save what you've typed so far.

    All it takes is a power flicker(if your computer isn't connected to a battery backup unit) or accidentally closing it without saving it first.

    You didn't mention where you keep your documents saved, so you might consider creating a folder on your desktop and naming it "Saved Documents" and then saving them there until you're ready to move them elsewhere.

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  5. puppypaws

    puppypaws Thread Starter

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    I saved the document, and honestly have no idea of how it only retained two paragraphs.
     
  6. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

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    You saved it to where? Did you create it from scratch?
     
  7. puppypaws

    puppypaws Thread Starter

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    I created from scratch, and save into documents. Never had this happen before, and I do this quite often so I am very confused as to where it could be hiding.
     
  8. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

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    You created a brand new Word document in the My Documents folder? Then you opened it from that folder, made changes, and saved it? Then when you opened it again, the changes were gone?
     
  9. puppypaws

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    I wrote the document again, so I am marking this solved.
     
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