Recover unsaved Office documents

2018-01-26_14-54-53Did you know if you accidentally close an Office document without saving your changes, you may be able to get it back? Yes, you read that right. If you close a file created in Office 2010 or higher with a temporary name, such as Document 1, Book 1, or Presentation 1, without saving your changes, there’s a very good chance you can recover your unsaved changes.
To open an unsaved file, follow these steps:
  1. Tap or click the File tab and then tap or click the Info tab, if necessary.
  2. On the Info tab, tap or click Manage Document (Word 2016) or Versions (Word 2010-2013).
  3. Tap or Click the Recover Unsaved <Type of File> option to open your UnsavedFiles folder.
  4. Select a file in the folder and then click Open.
  5. If you determine a file you opened is one you want to save, click the Save button and save the file.
Here are a few important notes :
  • Unsaved files are saved for four days before they’re automatically deleted.
  • Also under the Manage Version options on the Info tab is the ability to Delete All Unsaved Files. This is an important option to know about if you work on public computers. You may want to delete these file to make sure you don’t leave copies of your work behind.
The options for unsaved files are found under File/Options on the Save tab. Both the Save AutoRecover information every X minutes and Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving options must be turned on for this feature to work.


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