How to recover unsaved documents or workbooks etc

There will be times when you wished you had saved a file before Word or Excel unexpectedly crashes on you . Before you pull out your hair in panic, there may be a solution to this.Microsoft, in its wisdom has a built-in autorecover function which temporarily stores files that are being used.
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Here are the steps to take to recover your unsaved new document in Microsoft Office Excel, Word, or PowerPoint 2010 if you inadvertently close it before saving it:
  1. Open the Office 2010 applications that you were using.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Click Recent.
  4. Click Recover Unsaved Documents if you are in Word 2010, Recover Unsaved Workbooks if you are in Excel 2010 or Recover Unsaved Presentations if you are in PowerPoint 2010.
Recover Unsaved Documents link
  1. Your saved drafts folder will open in a new window. Select the file and then click Open.
  2. In the business bar at the top of the file, click Save As to save your file to your computer.
You can also access these files by using these steps:
  1. Open the Office 2010 application you were using.
  2. Open a new file or any existing file.
  3. Click the File tab.
  4. Click Info.
  5. Click Manage Versions.
  6. Click Recover Unsaved Documents if you are in Word 2010, Recover Unsaved Workbooks if you are in Excel 2010 or Recover Unsaved Presentations if you are in PowerPoint 2010.Manage Versions button Recover unsaved documents option
  7. You will see the list of your unsaved files. Select the file and click Open.
  8. In the business bar at the top of the file, click Save As to save your file to your computer.
Notes
You can also browse to one of the following file locations to open the file, depending on your operating system:
  • Windows 7/Windows Vista
    C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
  • Windows XP
    C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
Important These file locations cannot be changed.
  • Files in this folder will be kept for four days after creation.
Important The Save button is still your best friend. To be sure you don’t lose your latest work, click Save (or press CTRL+S) often.
Hopefully you never find yourself in the position to need these auto-recovery tools with your documents, but if you do, hopefully the steps above will come in handy for you and save your day like it did for me today. Thank you, Microsoft Office!!

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