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I just wrote a paper for school, and I guess I didnt save

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I just wrote a paper for school, and I guess I didn't save it before closing out of Microsoft word. Is there a way to recover my paper?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Ryan-CTech replied 4 years ago.

Yegarboy :

Welcome To Just Answer!

Yegarboy :

If auto-save was enabled in Microsoft word then yes!

Customer:

I just wrote a paper for school and I guess I didn't save it, I need to know how to recover this document. Normally it saves throughtout the process of me writing, today I don't know if it did or not

Yegarboy :

I see you have Windows 7...give this a try

Yegarboy :

Click Start

Yegarboy :

Then in the tiny search bar on the bottom type..

Yegarboy :

*.asd

Exactly like that.. then press enter

Yegarboy :

It will search throught the auto saved files

Yegarboy :

Hopefully your doc will be there :)

Customer:

it says no items match your search

Yegarboy :

Ok, open up word

Customer:

ok

Customer:

i tried searching recent items in word, and searching through all saved documents

Yegarboy :

Click the circle button in the top left corner

Yegarboy :

In the bottom of that menu click Word OOptions

Yegarboy :

Just bare with me friend :)

Customer:

I don't see Word Options

Yegarboy :

What version of word do you have?

Customer:

It's only Microsoft Word Starter that came installed on this computer when i bought it

Yegarboy :

It should still have word options

Yegarboy :

Its in the bottom right of the menu

Customer:

i typed in the search box, word options...

Yegarboy :

No no, actualy open microsoft word

Customer:

I did, and i clicked the ? button on the top right in Word

Yegarboy :

Dont click that one lol hold on ill show you what i mean

Yegarboy :

Full Size Image

Yegarboy :

Bottom right in the orange

Yegarboy :

See what i mean?

Customer:

Ok I think I found Word Options, next to help

Yegarboy :

Ok great

Customer:

I don't have the windows logo on mine, just the Word logo, I clicked that, then found at the bottom, Word Options

Yegarboy :

On the left of the window click the Save link

Yegarboy :

ohh ok

Yegarboy :

At least you found it :)

Customer:

Maybe I should have also told you that I started my paper on another computer, emailed it to myself, opened it from my email, then continued to write the paper after I clicked "enable editing" so then it went into "compatiability mode." I don't know if that helps you at all

Yegarboy :

So it was saved when you opened it from your email then

Customer:

only the first three pages

Customer:

I have the first three pages still saved, but im missing 9 more pages

Yegarboy :

I take it the last changes you made are the one on the pc you are using now?

Customer:

yes

Yegarboy :

I will still try one more thing to get them for you.

Yegarboy :

Did you click the Save tab in Word options?

Customer:

under save, the only box checked is "allow background saves"

Yegarboy :

Does it list an Autosave location with a browse button?

Customer:

i dont see one

Yegarboy :

Full Size Image

Yegarboy :

Should look like this

Customer:

mine doesnt look like that

Yegarboy :

Then im affraid those pages are gone my friend.

Yegarboy :

I would get the full version of Word so this doesnt happen again.

Customer:

ok nevermind, i found that page, i was somewhere else....one second

Yegarboy :

Word starter is ok but it cant do half of the things the full version can do including backup your data

Yegarboy :

Oh ok good

Customer:

ok under those options, it has the box checked to autosave every 10 minutes, and yes, it shows where the autosaved documents go in the browse box

Yegarboy :

Ok heres what we need to do then.

Yegarboy :

Click start

Yegarboy :

And in the search bar type..

Yegarboy :

%appdata%

Customer:

ok and a "Roaming folder pops up

Yegarboy :

Good

Yegarboy :

Now click MicroSoft

Customer:

ok

Yegarboy :

Then scroll down to Word

Customer:

ok now there is a "Startup" folder or Listgal.dat

Yegarboy :

Open startup

Customer:

folder is empty

Yegarboy :

Are there any files that end in .asd?

Yegarboy :

Then it didnt save anythink. Man that sucks

Customer:

ok, well i guess thanks for your help anyway

Customer:

now how to do i cancel my account so i dont keep getting charged?

Yegarboy :

Your very welcome. Did you sign up for a subscription?

Customer:

not that i know of, but i had to put in my debit card info

Yegarboy :

That was for the Good Faith deposit. I assume you are not happy with the service i provided?

Customer:

it's not you.....you did everything you could to help me, but unfortunately, it didnt autosave like it should have, so its lost for good

Yegarboy :

I am truely sorry for you my friend and have been there myself. You will not be charged after this question unless you go to ask another one :) Im sorry things didnt work out:( Kindly press Accept so i may receive credit for assisting you today and Positive feedback is nice too. Thanks again for choosing JustAnswer.

Customer:

ok thank you

Yegarboy :

:)

Yegarboy :

Anytime

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