Oops! I Forgot to Save It!

One of the best things about Office programs (and just about any other application, for that matter) is that when I close a file without saving, I get prompted with a familiar message:

It’s simple, I know, but I can’t tell you how many times this has saved my bacon. I also can’t tell you how many times I have accidentally clicked Don’t Save and then have had to recreate content. I don’t know why I do this, however, I also don’t think I’m alone.

In response, Word 2010 now comes with an improved autosave feature. Here’s how it works:

           1.  You forget to save. 

           2.  You the document back up.

           3.  Go to File | Info | Versions and notice the “unsaved” version is still available.


              4.  Click on the version and notice that you will have the option to compare and/or restore to the previously saved version.


    A few things to note about this feature:

    •   Your document only gets saved behind the scenes every 5 minutes, but you can adjust this time
    •   This copy of the document is only kept until you choose to save new changes or for 4 days
    •   The file gets saved in the following location:
      •  Windows 7/Vista: C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
      •  Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
    •   This applies to Word 2010, Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010
    Comments (13)
    1. This "is" the thing that I like at Office.. I knew for the 4 days, but can we change it ??

    2. A well-wisher says:

      Didn't realise 'Versions' was there until now. Really needed it now.


    3. Deborah Zotian says:

      Great information – something I'm always being asked about. Thanks!

    4. Karla Busch says:

      Step 2 makes no sense:

           2.  You the document back up.

    5. Brian D says:

      2.  You the document back up.

      should be:

      2.  You open the document back up.

    6. SCoorg says:

      This is just awesome.. this just saved me a lot of frustration!

    7. Garry Trinder says:

      Thank you so much! This saved my life!!

      I almost died because of my lost 12 paged essay!

    8. antonmo says:

      When do files get deleted from unsavedfiles folder? when they do, how do we find them? have you tested any such undelete program that actually works for this?

    9. Trish says:

      wonderful! Saved me several hours work!!!

    10. Naresh Bhujel says:

      thanks for your valuable information…. its save my time..

    11. Penelope says:


    12. Marco says:

      Lifesaver… same thing here, I don't know why I do this (trigger happy?!?), but that version feature is very good – THANKS FOR POSTING!

    13. Jeff25 says:

      Many thanks – Saved me an hour's worth of work.

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