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What application is your document in? Have you saved it since the text disappeared?
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So Pages is the application the document was created in. Next question is wether you saved over the document when it was blank. Also, do you have Time Machine, or did you save it in any other location, other than the copy that was on the Desktop?
I understand the frustration when computers don't work as intended. Contents of a document could be deleted accidentally or by some malfunction in the computer softwares normal operation, so there's no way to give you a definitive answer of how it happened.
The advice you always hear is to make backups, but until something like this happens you don't realise how true that is. Time Machine is built-in on a Mac, and is as easy to set up as connecting a USB drive and following some on screen instructions.
It is good that you did not save over the document you were working on. That means there is a chance the saved copy on the Desktop has the typed contents.
Try closing Pages, and if it prompts you to save it don't. Then open the document from the Desktop where you expect the typed content to be.
As that is the only copy of the document, if it opens blank there will be no way to retrieve what was lost. In that case I'm afraid you would have lost the typed work and would need to retype it.
If you work on documents like this all the time, then you should plug in a USB hard drive and let the Mac use it as a backup. If something like this happened again you could use that to retrieve the document from a point in time when you knew it was ok.
Another method of working with documents it to save different versions of it as different named documents. That means saving it as a new document, with a new name, at different milestones. You could save it every hour, save it as a new document, and add the time to the end of the name. Then you can go back to a certain milestone if you need to by opening the document with that milestone in the name.
Time Machine is the name of the backup software on this machine, but to work properly you need an external disk. A backup is not a proper backup unless it is made to a different disk. If something were to happen to the iMac hardware an external disk would still contain the backups.
Save is not truly backing up. It is saving the document only to the one location, a proper backup saves the document to a different location so if something happens to the original it is not the only copy.
Hi, I'm very sorry for the delay, I had an unexpected call. Yes without a backup there is no way to retrieve the document, I am sorry about that. It might have been ok for the years that you saved them that way, but that is not backing them up, and duplicating them to another location is. It's only until something like this happens that you realise the difference. I'm sorry you lost your data.
I apologise for your bad experience, but you glad you were able to get the document back. I can only assume it was Time Machine as you mention old copies. I had asked about that and was told it was not there.