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Windows 7: Word Document is MIA

02 Jun 2016   #1
kmwthay

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Word Document is MIA

Please help! I have a word document I am quite certain was saved to my desktop, only now I am unable to locate the file. I have visited recent documents in Word, it sees the document, but when I click to open the file, a pop-up appears that says the path does not exist.

I have performed a search for the file on my computer (searching all drives and files). I find the document, but again, it says the path does not exist. When I search for it this way, it shows that it is a shortcut on my computer and suggests it may have been moved. However, the search does not find it anywhere else.

I have also searched in the hidden files and folders but the document I need is not there either.

Can someone please help with other ideas of where I can try to locate the document?

Thank you for helping this girl in distress!


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02 Jun 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The best search tool I know of is Everything. It's free from voidtools.com. It's fantastic. Keep it around.

It will quickly index your drive. You then enter at least a portion of the file name into the search box and it should find it just about as fast as you can type the name.

There's always a chance you deleted it or the file became corrupt for unknown reasons.

The "recent documents" list won't help if you moved it away from that location on purpose or accidentally, but you knew that.
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02 Jun 2016   #3
kmwthay

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thank you for your quick response! I will definitely look at the Everything search tool to help prevent issues like this in the future. For now, I'll see if it can help me find my file. I appreciate your help!
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