How To Find A Word Document

by on September 10, 2007

Q: I recently emailed myself a document from my school computer. I opened the file on my computer at home by downloading the file and I clicked “Open” and not “Save” from the web email client. I wrote my paper and periodically saved it, but I completely forgot to do a “Save As…” to save it to My Documents. I exited the paper, then remembered that I didn’t change its location so I am not sure how to go about finding the file. I know that it is saved somewhere in my Temporary Internet Files, but I cannot find it. Is there anyway to recover the paper? I could really use your help.

A: I am certain this has happened to all of us. Depending on the version of Microsoft Word you are using you could be promoted with a window when you start called “Project Gallery” where you can select what type of document you want. The tab that is selected is called “New”, however there are tabs to the right of that tab and the one we are interested in is called “Recent”. If you click on the “Recent” tab it should default to list all documents you have worked on and the last one should be selected. You should be able to open the file and then do a “File” -> “Save As…” to get it to the proper location.

If you have an older version of Microsoft Word then when you open Word you will just have a blank document. If you go to “File” you should see a list of 10 most recent documents that you worked on. You should be able to select your file from there and again do a “File” -> “Save As…” to get the file in the proper spot.