Oops! I Forgot to Save It!

Oops! I Forgot to Save It!

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One of the best things about Office programs (and just about any other application, for that matter) is that when I close a file without saving, I get prompted with a familiar message:

It’s simple, I know, but I can’t tell you how many times this has saved my bacon. I also can’t tell you how many times I have accidentally clicked Don’t Save and then have had to recreate content. I don’t know why I do this, however, I also don’t think I’m alone.

In response, Word 2010 now comes with an improved autosave feature. Here’s how it works:

           1.  You forget to save. 

           2.  You the document back up.

           3.  Go to File | Info | Versions and notice the “unsaved” version is still available.


              4.  Click on the version and notice that you will have the option to compare and/or restore to the previously saved version.


    A few things to note about this feature:

    •   Your document only gets saved behind the scenes every 5 minutes, but you can adjust this time
    •   This copy of the document is only kept until you choose to save new changes or for 4 days
    •   The file gets saved in the following location:
      •  Windows 7/Vista: C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
      •  Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
    •   This applies to Word 2010, Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010
    • This "is" the thing that I like at Office.. I knew for the 4 days, but can we change it ??

    • Didn't realise 'Versions' was there until now. Really needed it now.


    • Great information - something I'm always being asked about. Thanks!

    • Step 2 makes no sense:

           2.  You the document back up.

    • 2.  You the document back up.

      should be:

      2.  You open the document back up.

    • This is just awesome.. this just saved me a lot of frustration!

    • Thank you so much! This saved my life!!

      I almost died because of my lost 12 paged essay!

    • When do files get deleted from unsavedfiles folder? when they do, how do we find them? have you tested any such undelete program that actually works for this?

    • wonderful! Saved me several hours work!!!

    • thanks for your valuable information.... its save my time..


    • Lifesaver... same thing here, I don't know why I do this (trigger happy?!?), but that version feature is very good - THANKS FOR POSTING!

    • Many thanks - Saved me an hour's worth of work.

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