Re­trieve trashed Of­fice doc­u­ments

Los­ing an Of­fice doc­u­ment can be stress­ful, but there are steps you can take. Jim Martin re­ports

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It’s an aw­ful feel­ing when you realise that you’ve deleted or failed to save the changes in a Word, Ex­cel or Pow­erPoint doc­u­ment. You might have been the vic­tim of a Win­dows crash or even a power cut, but hours of hard work may not be lost as there are sev­eral ways you can try to re­cover Of­fice doc­u­ments. Here we’ll ex­plain where to look for tem­po­rary files, back­ups and old ver­sions of your files as well as soft­ware which can at­tempt to re­cover a deleted file.

Top tip: If you’ve ac­ci­den­tally deleted some­thing in a doc­u­ment (or the whole thing) but Word, Ex­cel or Pow­erPoint is still open, press Ctrl-Z to undo the mis­take. This works in most sit­u­a­tions, in­clud­ing in web browsers. If that doesn’t work, it may still be pos­si­ble to get your doc­u­ment back. It de­pends on how your com­puter (and Of­fice) is con­fig­ured, which ver­sion of Of­fice you’re run­ning and how the file was lost, deleted or cor­rupted. There are no guar­an­tees, but try the fol­low­ing.

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