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#1 Clondalla

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 10:24 PM

Hi,

I have lost my USB with important overdue assignments.
I did not save them on a desktop or elsewhere (lesson learned)
However when I use the same desktop I can see the documents in recently used but cannot open them.

There is a pin icon beside the word documents I want to open.
Is there a miracle way in which I can retrieve them from the desktop.
Please help - I am so desperate.
Thanks in advance,

 

Carol



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 10:51 PM

I sure appreciate your panic! Here's what has worked for me using Office Word 2013:

 

Open Word -> Open a blank document -> Click on File -> Click on Open -> Click on Recent Documents (or you might see them listed) -> Scroll to the bottom -> click on Recover Unsaved Document(s) -> Double click your document(s) and save.

 

If you have created your documents other than the above, let us know, 



#3 Clondalla

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:21 PM

softeyes,

 

Thank you so much for your response.

Sadly this is not working for me :(

 

I am using Office Word 2016 if thay makes a difference?

 

When I follow your steps and get to the last double click the computer tells me:

..... is unavailable. if the location is on this PC, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you are connected to the network or internet, and then try again. if the location still can't be found it might have been moved or deleted.

 

I live in hope

 

Carol



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:42 PM

Carol, I just realized you are new to BC!  :welcome:

 

Let's see if your documents might be auto saved. This is how I check in Word 2013, see if it works the same in Word 2016.

Open a blank document -> click on File -> Scroll to the bottom -> click on Options -> Scroll down to Save, click -> Under Customize how documents are saved: what do you see under AutoRecover File Location? Once that is known, we can get you to that location in My Computer to see if any of your documents are there. It's worth a try IMO.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:11 AM

Softeyes,

 

Once again thank you so much.

 

Alas, to no avail!

It was certainly worth a try.

 

Cheers,

Carol



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:25 AM

One last effort, Carol. Then I must sign off. There's hope that another member can pick up from here. 

 

Try this: Open File Explorer (the folder in your task bar) -> Click OS (C:) (if that is your drive letter) -> Click Users -> Click the Username of your PC -> Click AppData-> Click Roaming -> Click Microsoft -> Click Office -> Click Recent....with hope, your autosave documents are there.( Word must be closed when opening a document.)

 

If no luck, hopefully there will be a member who can direct you to software that might be able to recover documents on your computer, I do not have any experience with that.

 

All the best Carol!



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:04 AM

No Luck again.

I could follow all the steps but when I get to the end and click on the document I'm told it's unavailable.

 

I am willing to install or purchase software.

Thank you so much for your help.

 

Sleep well,

 

Carol



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 11:18 AM

Hi,

I have lost my USB with important overdue assignments.
I did not save them on a desktop or elsewhere (lesson learned)
However when I use the same desktop I can see the documents in recently used but cannot open them.

There is a pin icon beside the word documents I want to open.
Is there a miracle way in which I can retrieve them from the desktop.
Please help - I am so desperate.
Thanks in advance,

 

Carol

 

The simple answer to your question is no.

 

In order for any shortcut, quick access, or recent documents link to work the source file to which it points must be accessible.   If the only place you ever stored these documents was on removable media then the source is no longer accessible.  This is true regardless of what the file type is:  word processing document, image, PDF file, etc.

 

Not to rub salt in an open wound, as I do feel your pain, but removable media really should never be used as the singular storage for anything for precisely the reason you've now learned the very hard way.  It is far better to work on things using the fixed storage on the device(s) you're using as the location for all work in progress, and the resulting working document copied over to the removable media when you're done for the time being on "device A" and need to transport to "device B."   Even better, these days, is using something like Google Drive Sync (now called Google Backup & Sync) such that you have a local copy on your device(s) that are synchronized to cloud storage based upon which was altered last.  This gives you local copies on all your devices in use which will be synchronized with the cloud copy based upon the copy on any one of those devices that's been worked on most recently.  You do, however, need to ensure that it's the cloud storage that's being synced with all devices and that the frequency of sync is such that you wouldn't have worked on something and get to another location before it had been synced to the cloud and back down to your device at that other location.


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