Word - Recover document if closed accidentally

November 2016


I created an important Word document. When I close the thing by mistake not to save the document.
Can I recover? These plans are very complex.


Here are the steps:
  • Step 1: In a Windows box click on 'Tools', 'Folder Options', tab 'Display', 'Show hidden files and folders' (9th chip from the top). It can "see" the hidden system files (administrator rights required).
  • Step 2: Under WinWord to 'Tools', 'Options', tab 'default folder', select the line 'AutoRecover files'; click 'Edit': Specifies the path temporary Word files. Take note of this directory (eg C: \ Documents and Settings \ XXXXX \ Application Data \ Microsoft \ Word)
  • Step 3: Go into the directory indicated in step 2 and copy all *. tmp files *.* to date (the one where you lost the file) in a directory (eg : c: \ foo). These temporary documents that match the ones you "lost".
  • Step 4: Change extensions. Tmp and other.??? . doc order to re-open with winword.
  • Step 5: Open files with Word and rename shouting "it works!" and "Smart". Do not forget to return on a forum "Commentcamarche.net" next time if problem.


Thanks to stonga for this tip!

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