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Windows 7: help finding missing doc.

13 May 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
help finding missing doc.

A friend of mine phoned in a panic, she has been proof reading a document for a fellow student and has been making notes etc in the document.
the original doc was sent to her via email in a zip folder.
she opened the zip and went about making notations on the doc.when done she saved it and now cannot find it.
im thinking the zip file was saved in temp and the save went into the temp that was opened originally, she cant find the zip in temp, and there are no .asd files in word/roaming
its also not in the default save location that is users/documents.
any other ideas where it may be or whether it has not saved due to it being from the zip would be welcome.

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13 May 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

What program did your friend use for editing?

It also might be saved in a new folder in what ever email program is used.
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13 May 2013   #3

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Win 10 Pro x64

Not in Downloads either?
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13 May 2013   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

It was office word she was using,
i will have to wait til she calls to check downloads, good idea.
i think its a online email client rather than office outlook or live.
so just going to do kiddie bedtime stories then i will chase her up to check some more.
thanks for the ideas.
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13 May 2013   #5

Win7 Ultimate X64

If its online email could it go to drafts folder up in the cloud somewhere ??
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13 May 2013   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

she tinks it was saved to the temp location as that is where the zip was when she opened it from the email.
now there is no zip which seems odd.
she recalls a message about the doc having changed in the temp zip and did she want to save changes.
i dont know whether she did, giong to ring her now and she can clarify it.
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13 May 2013   #7

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How about checking the list of Recent Items, both in Word and Start Menu?

Or Windows Explorer > Computer, hidden files view enabled to allow search to look in all temp folders, search kind:document name:PARTIAL FILENAME.
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13 May 2013   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

ok ,weve established it was a rar file that was opened , we managed to find some tmp rar files in appadata but when opened in word it was all symbols and "gobbledygook" so no joy.
at least the original is safe and she will have to re proof read. ive stressed the importance of extracting the files from the rar or zip before working and saving them.
lesson learned the hard way i guess.
thanks for your input guys

thanks kari, we went through those steps first and the recent items from the right click on the word taskbar icon.
still no joy ,it is a mystery that it dissapeared.
it may be user error i think. or its leaning that way as there is usually some sort of recovery method for a document.
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13 May 2013   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

A idea for the future. After unzipping copy/drag and drop/move to New Folder on Desktop. Easy to find and easy to get rid of when done.
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14 May 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Unfortunately the changes may be lost. If the RAR/ZIP was opened directly from he email client the the changes were probably no saved.

If the attachment was first save then then changes may have got saved back into the RAR (or ZIP) file.

I compressed a Word DOC with WinRAR to a .RAR and 7Zip to a .zip. I opened the compressed files in their associated app. I click on the Word file to open in word. I made some changes and saved the document and closed Word. Each time WinRAR and 7Zip ask if I wanted to update the archive. If I said yes the changes were saved int he archive.

While in Word 2010 I did a "Save As" to see where the file was. With both apps it was in the folder C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\temp. After the apps were closed the temp files were automatically deleted deleted. The changes were saved into the archive. See attached image

I attached the archives to an email. I opened the archives direct from Outlook 2010. Made changes Saved the changes to the archives. All changes were lost because Outlook does not update the attachment

The key is to save the attachment outside the Email client. Now you can open the saved attchent and your edits will nto be lost.

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