Many technical writers use the 'Always create backup copy' setting (Tools,
Options, Save tab) to automatically create a backup copy of their files.
This may work if the settings are correct and the file 'crashed' when you
expected it to, i.e. just after the auto-setting make a save.
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How to Search for
If these methods do not find the file, you can search for temporary
1. Click Start, click Search, and then
For Files or Folders.
2. In the Search for files or folders named box,
3. In the Look in box, point to the arrow, and then
click My Computer.
4. If the Search Options are not visible, click
5. Click to select the Date check box, click
in the last number of days, and then change n to the number of
days since you last opened the file.
6. Click Search.
7. On the View menu, click Details,
Arrange Icons, and click by Date.
8. Scroll down searching for files that match the
last few dates and times that you edited the document.
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