Tutorial:Recovering an Unsaved Microsoft Office File

There are those instances where you could have closed an Office document and even mistakenly clicked Don’t Save. It could equally turn out to be when Word crashed or even as weird as the situation of your laptop losing power before it even crossed your mind to save what you had your hands on at that time. Yeah, it is logical we have gone through that hurt at one point or the other. But then by default, Office applications will save automatically (however temporary) backup copies of your documents in course of you working through it so there is that strong hope you could recover them.

Now this is quite different from the situation where you practically had deleted a file in Windows. Although there are still means there whereby you could still recover from that kind of accident equally. In addition, you are actually in a safer position when you put in some added preventative measures; just in case you run into bottlenecks like this. Make it a regular practice to back up your computer regularly even considering turning on the file version feature in Windows. Having dropped this hint, we move on to the curative steps to follow should you find yourself in a problem with an unsaved Office file- I mean as to recovering it.

Recovering an Unsaved Office File

In the following set of instructions to come, we will be working with Word 2016, but then these steps bear close resemblance as to other Office 2016 applications which will include PowerPoint and Excel. Also recovery feature is not really a fresh or new stuff, it has actually been pretty much around for a good span of time now. So should you be making use of an older edition or version of Office (even throwing as far back as Office 2007), there is still the practical possibility of attempting recovery. It is just that it may imply you searching around a bit for the appropriate commands.

So begin the procedure by opening whatever Office application you had been working on where your file did not get saved. Then click the File menu.

When you get to the File menu, take Info.

At this point on the Info page, take the option of “Manage Document” from which you could make a choice in the appearing drop-down menu, of “Recover Unsaved Documents.” Don’t forget that you are in possession of an option for deleting all unsaved documents- that is if you choose to.

In the unsaved Files folder is contained all unsaved files which Office had temporarily created backups for. Now make a selection of the file you desire after which you could click Open.

Automatically, Office applications save temporary backups of files say every ten minutes by default, this is kind of in fixed repeating interval. So now your file should house a good chunk of the work you lost.

Make Changes To How Office Applications Automatically Save Files

You can equally make changes to the mode each Office application stores these temporary files, this also pertains to the location of the saved files, the regularity at which they are saved, and even a temporary file is kept if you close a document when you have not actually saved.

Back on the File menu, select Options.

When you get to the Options page, simply click on Save after which you could look through for the “Save Documents” section. The top few options are exactly what you are finding.

It can also be possible autosaving every 10 minutes appears too elaborate amount of time (at times even to me, it does seem so), you can rush down to whatever preference you intend. It is possible for you to set it to autosave anywhere ranging up to 120 minutes down to a minute. It has been discovered that the background saving wouldn’t really bring in any disruption,so pretty set it down to the region of 2 minutes. It is pretty advisable to keep two options at their default settings. You can only change if there is a nutritive reason worthy enough to change them.

And that is all a about it! The Office recovery feature won’t save you from every sort of unfortunate issues you could run into with your files, but then it is sure valid to be essential. Hope you find this useful!

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