How to quickly recover an Excel or Word file that was not saved

(ORDO NEWS) — By the way, automatic saving is not the only reliable way to recover a deleted file.

You’ve been hard at work on an Excel spreadsheet, but a power outage prevented you from saving the file in time. Now you need to start over.

There are situations when the loss of such a document is not a death sentence. If you accidentally closed an Office document without saving for any reason, you don’t have to worry about starting from scratch.

There is an easy way to get the file back using the recovery tool built right into the Microsoft Office application.

When you’re working on a document in Word, Excel, or another Office application, the file isn’t only backed up when you click the Save button.

The application in question has the data for this file stored in a roaming folder in your user account’s AppData folder.

This folder, which is usually inaccessible to most users, stores data from various Windows applications for your user account.

It’s very common to find a recently closed, unsaved Office document here. There are two main ways to find it.

First way

The first one is the simplest and most direct as it will take you directly to the roaming folder containing the missing document.

To get started, open the app you were working in, click the File tab in the top left corner, then select Info. Now click “Document Management” then “Recover Unsaved Documents”.

Here you should see the file you closed without saving: select it, then click Save As to make sure you don’t lose it again.

Second way

If you want to feel more technical, there is a slightly more advanced method that you can use to achieve the same result. Press Windows + R to open the Run window.

Then type %appdata% and run it to open the roaming folder. From here, follow the path to your application folder (for example, open the Microsoft folder, then the Word folder).

This is the folder that the first method will take you to, so you should see the missing file. Reopen it, then save.

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