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Microsoft Office AutoRecover Feature

Courtesy of DJH Training & Application Solutions Inc.

AutoRecover saves a temporary version of Microsoft Office files, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc., at specific intervals, allowing file recovery in case of a crash. 

Normally, the Document Recovery pane displays when you re-open the software. Two versions of the same file may appear; one that was last saved by the user and one AutoRecover version. The date and time stamp helps to determine the most recent version.

 

 

Click on the arrow to view the options:

 

 

BUT WHAT IF THE DOCUMENT RECOVERY PANE DOESN'T APPEAR, OR YOU CLOSE IT BY MISTAKE?

 

STEP 1: Click the File tab > Options > Save category, and then select and copy the AutoRecover folder location address:

 

STEP 2: Open Windows Explorer > click to the right of the current folder address, paste the AutoRecover folder address that you copied above and hit Enter

A list of AutoRecovered folders and/or files will appear.

If the list contains a folder with the same name as your file, open the folder and double-click the AutoRecovered file to open it.

 

STEP 3: Check the file to make sure it includes your changes, and then save it.

 



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