How to Find a Temporary File in MS Office

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How to Find a Temporary File in MS Office
Microsoft Word documents can be lost if an error occurs while saving (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Recovering temporary files after you have closed, lost or accidentally deleted files in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint is a pretty easy feat. It can be aggravating to have to go back and find the files, but luckily Microsoft does save temporary copies of every file you create on a Temporary File Folder on the hard drive of the computer. You should try to save your files as frequently as possible so files can more easily be recovered.

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    Finding the File

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    To recover files using Windows Vista or Windows 7 click, "Start". In the "Search Box" type ".tmp". Press, "Enter". There should be a show-only toolbar that pops up. Click, "Other". Scroll down the files for the file name that matches the one you are searching for. Look at the dates and times you edited the document and choose the last one or the one before and you should find the document you need, according to Microsoft Support.

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    If you are working with Windows XP, click "Start" then select "Search." "Click For "Files" and type, ".tmp" into the box. "Click on My Computer" when it asks which part of your computer it should look for the files in. Click under "Search Options," and select the date of the file you are looking for. Select "Search." Under the "View menu," select "Details." View the files by date and pull up the last copy of the document you are searching for.

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    In any Windows Microsoft Word Program, it will store recent temporary files. If you go to "Open" and then click "recent files" the file name you are looking for may be right there. If you click on it, it should bring back the file with the last save that you did.

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    If you have a Mac you can find the files from the link that is created under recent link. Or you can go under "Finder" and do a search for the file under the name created or scroll down until you see the file you were looking for. A temporary file will be stored in the Temp folder.

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