It happens from time to time. Either due to an application crash, or because we’ve not been paying attention and closed Word and hit the “Don’t save” button without even thinking about it.

Either way, it’s horrible. Panic sets in and then the realisation hits you that it’s gone forever and you’re going to have to do it all over again… But, if you’re using Office 2010 or newer, it’s not a feeling that you need to worry about again.

Not a lot of people seem to know about this feature, but, Microsoft Office now keeps a copy of your last unsaved document (by default it saves a copy of any document you’re working on every ten minutes) to find it – simply click on File – Info – Manage Document – Recover Unsaved Documents. The last unsaved document you were working on will be displayed for you to open and save properly.

This also works in Excel and PowerPoint, too.

If you’ve got a more complicated data recovery issue, or need help with a backup solution, please contact us to talk about your requirements.

TgTips – Lifesaver – Finding that unsaved Office document
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