Word can spring surprises when you least expect. I've often opened files made additions then when I've tried to save them Word insists that the file I opened was read only and cannot be saved!! So frustrating, especially if you've typed a few thousand words extra. Thank god I backed up to a pen drive. Have you had any problems with Auto correct when it comes to changes affecting grammar? I have, all I changed was one word from the original choice to the suggestion by Word then the whole sentence was highlighted as incorrect grammar??. Word seems to have a problem when it comes to "Contextual Grammar". I end up saying what the heck and hit ignore once. Just try to keep a cool head and make regular back ups. Like the e-mailing idea, must so that in future. Besides, that effectively electronically copyrights the document .
@itbigtoad -- good plan. I also agree with the emailing myself copies.
I made the idiot mistake of simply saving my chapters as Chapter One, Chapter Two, etc., under the folder of the current novel. A month ago I clicked on the wrong folder, and completely lost the first chapter of a previous novel by saving over it. It was a novel I hadn't emailed to my friend to proofread. No hard copy. Now I'll have to write that first chapter over from my li'l head.
It will probably be better for being recreated, BUT I have now, at least, started naming all chapters better: Chambers Chapter One, Chambers Chapter One A, etc.
Suggestion: Burn a CD now and then with your entire historical literary output. Put it in a safe or keep it at work.
I think your question has been answered a number of times, and I think a flashdrive is basically what I'm suggesting ...
I have external hard drives hooked to my computer and I back up all my files on them. Since I have an old computer, they have more memory than my computer.
As far as the files disappearing, boy I wish I could get at your computer because I think I could figure it out. Maybe the file is suddenly being saved under a different format ("text" file instead of "word").
And ... when you did a search, didn't the search show you what file or folder the document ended up in?
Well, it happened again today in fact. Both times my documents disappeared was after I made chapter headings.
Since it happened yesterday I am freakishly obsessed with saving my document in multiple locations every time I change anything. I even sent an attachment to my own kindle. (And the table of contents actually worked! woohoo.)
But I digress. Both of the documents that disappeared could not be found doing any program, document, or file searches that I know how to do. I only know it happened when I made chapter headings.
It's still happening! I have taken everyone's advice and I have been 'saving as' every time I make an in multiple locations before it disappears.
I wish I understood why it disappears in the first place.
When it disappears, it is removed from my documents list for the day's work. It does not appear in recent places or documents, and only shows up briefly when I do a search in the programs and file search spot. But if I wait too long, it disappears from their too.
I am anal about virus scans and all scans come out clean. I'm really baffled on this one.
There are no images in the document and it loads quickly.
Everytime I do anything with the TOC or chapter headings I lose the document. It hass happened once or twice without any changes to the TOC or chapter headings. I'm so paranoid now I save the file even if all I change is one word. It's nuts. I have a million copies. Very confusing.
All versions of word 2003 went to heck when tey introduced DocX (X is for Xasperation!)
Actually DocX was not Kindle friendly at first and Words newer than 2003 seem to have progressively more problems!
I am a Luddite and Hand bulld stuff with Bookmarks and Hyperlinks and make my chapter headings as Paragraph styles
Some of the newer versions of Word have to have the SaveAs Webpage Filtered enabled -- coinsult the help files is the SaveAs Webpage, Filtered is not an option in the drop down file type line of the saveas window.
This should not be a Drama for you!
I am still suspicious you may have a damaged sub routine in the Word Program
What is it?? Word 2010?? Is is a full blown version?