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Tech Advisor - - How To: Retrieve Trashed Windows Documents -

Sim­i­larly, in Of­fice 2013 or later, a panel list­ing re­cov­ered doc­u­ments will ap­pear when you next open a doc­u­ment:

If this all fails, then you can put in some de­tec­tive work. You can use Win­dows Search (or the Start menu search box in Win­dows Vista, 7 or 10) to search for the file name (as­sum­ing you saved it at least once).

You need only re­mem­ber one word from the file­name, or if not, search for all Word doc­u­ments. To do that type *.doc or type *.docx to find all Word files. (The ‘*’ is called a wild­card and means Win­dows will re­turn any file with a .doc or .docx ex­ten­sion.) If you know you used a dif­fer­ent file type, such as RTF, then search for *.rtf in­stead. (Ex­cel files are .xls or .xlsx, while Pow­erPoint doc­u­ments have .ppt or .pptx ex­ten­sions.)

If that fails, try search­ing in­stead for Word backup files us­ing the *.wbk or *.asd wild­cards. If that turns noth­ing up, try *.tmp or ~*.*. You can find more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on Mi­crosoft’s trou­bleshoot­ing page (tinyurl.com/jsc­n7wu).

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