Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Restoring Discarded Documents Saved by Autosave
Note
If you’re using Word (but not Excel or PowerPoint), you can compare the currently
displayed document and the last-saved version by clicking Compare. This opens a new
document that shows the differences between the versions. For more information
about document comparison, see “Reviewing Tracked Changes” on page 287.
Restoring Discarded Documents Saved by Autosave
If you close Office without saving your document and you’ve enabled autosave, Office
saves your document for four days in the C:\Users\ username \AppData\Microsoft\Office\
UnsavedFiles folder. You can open a document directly from that folder (by double-clicking
it in Windows Explorer, for example), or you can open it from within Office, using either of
two methods:
In Backstage view, click Recent. In the lower right corner of the Recent tab, click
Recover Unsaved Documents (in Word), Recover Unsaved Workbooks (Excel), or
Recover Unsaved Presentations (PowerPoint).
On the Info tab in Backstage view, click Manage Versions, and then click Recover
Unsaved Documents (in Word), Recover Unsaved Workbooks (Excel), or Recover
Unsaved Presentations (PowerPoint).
Regardless of how you retrieve the document, Office displays a message informing you that
it’s an unsaved file and prompting you to use Save As to give it a file name and location.
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