Finding Word Files that
1. In Windows, click Start,
Search, and then For Files or Folders.
2. In the Search for files or folders named
box, type the file name.
3. In the Look in box, click
This searches your entire computer. If you know that the file is in a
specific area, for example, My Documents, then change this accordingly.
4. Click Search.
If the Search Results box does not show the file, continue with the
following steps to search for all Word Documents.
5. In the Search for files or folders named
box, type *.doc.
Tip: In computer terminology, the asterisk * is used to select all
options. By entering *.doc you're telling the computer to search for all
files with the .doc extension.
6. Click Search.
Searching the Recycle Bin
If you still cannot find the file, open the Recycle Bin and follow
1. Open the Recycle Bin.
2. On the View menu, click
3. Click Arrange Icons and click by
Delete Date. This allows you to filter this list according to
the date when the files were deleted. If you know that your files went
missing yesterday, you can look at this date.
4. When you find the document that you are looking
for, right-click on it, and click Restore.
This returns the document to its original location. Open the file and
examine its contents.
How to Search for AutoRecover Files
Word creates AutoRecover files of the documents that you were working
on whenever it crashes. When you re-open Word, it displays these
AutoRecover files in the Document Recovery task pane.
If Word finds the AutoRecover file, the Document Recovery task pane
opens on the left side of the screen, and the missing document is listed
as "document name [Original]" or as "document name [Recovered]".
1. Double-click the file in the Document
2. Click Save As.
3. Save the document as a .doc file.
Other ways to search for files
You can also manually search for AutoRecover files:
1. On the Tools menu, click
2. Click the File Locations tab,
double-click AutoRecover files, and write down the path.
3. Click Cancel and Close.
3. Close Word.
4. Open the AutoRecover file location
(based on the path you wrote down).
5. Search for files that end with .asd.
How to Search for ~ Files
Some temporary file names start with the tilde (~) symbol. To find
these files, follow these steps:
1. In Windows, click Start, click Search,
and then click For Files or Folders.
2. In the Search for files or folders named box,
3. Click Search.
4. On the View menu, click Details and
5. Scroll through the files for documents that match
the last date that you edited the document.
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