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marilyn_lockwood

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Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:01 AM
 
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My 14,000 word document just disappeared from my documents file on my computer.

I was creating headings for the chapters and their subtitles using the header boxes. After I saved the changes, and went back to retrieve the file to work on it again, it was gone!

I'm trying not to panic because it has to be on my computer somewhere, right?

I didn't accidentally trash it, because I went to my recycle bin and it isn't there.

I sort my documents by date modified and oddly the list starts with yesterday's modiifactions and not today's. It is at the top of the scrolled page, so it's not hidden because of that.

Please, someone tell me that by using headlines it just went under a different location or something and its easily retrieved.

Otherwise, I might just have to jump out the window. :(
reddkaiman

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:13 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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Alright, this is what you do.

You take a deep breath. Authors have been through worse. Everything's gonna be okay.

Keep looking on your computer for it. File searches, everything.

Next thing is pull out any e-mail backups you have. I like to e-mail my manuscripts from time-to-time. Good habit to have.

If that doesn't work, find any hardcopy manuscripts and retype. It's always good to proofread on paper.

If you didn't proofread on paper, than your work shouldn't have been uploaded in the first place and this was all a blessing in disguise.

All authors have been through multiple drafts, so there has to be something you can work with to bounce up.

It might take a little longer, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

And if you're still screwed, look at pictures of puppies while listening to Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"

And follow me on twitter @reddkaiman

That's all I got
reddkaiman

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:16 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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Bob Marley works too.

Listen to Three Little Birds ("Don't Worry About a Thing, Cause Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright")

Gotten me through some rough times. Still does.
marilyn_lockwood

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:18 AM   in response to: reddkaiman in response to: reddkaiman
 
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Is there any good reason why it disappeared or was relocated?
reddkaiman

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:25 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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Maybe you gave it a different document title(?)

Play around with words you used in the header in your files search.
gav_40

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:01 AM   in response to: reddkaiman in response to: reddkaiman
 
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What version of Word are you on? Go to File and look at your recent documents - if it's still on the computer, it'll be listed there, wherever it is.

(assuming you haven't opened a ton of other Word docs since then, anyway)
brianj6

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:03 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
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It's probably there. Start by re-searching your Recycle Bin --sometimes if you have a lot of files there, you can miss it. If you find it, right-click on it and click on Restore.

If it's not there, go to (classic) Search>All Files and Folders>type in the file name of the document or words that are in the document into the appropriate boxes>specify to search in My Computer>Advanced>search in hidden files and folders.

If that doesn't work, do the same as above but type in *.doc in the All or Part of the File Name box.

If that doesn't work, do the same as above, but type in *.wbk (this is the extension for Word back-up files),

If that doesn't work, try the same as above, but type in *.asd (this is the file extension for AutoRecover files).

If that doesn't work, do the same as above, but type in *.tmp (this is the extension for Temporary Files).

If that doesn't work, try the same as above, but type in ~. (this is the extension for hard-to-find temporary files).

If those don't work, I guess you'll have to start typing!

I think there are programs you can buy to recover lost data, but I've never tried them.

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petemars8

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:04 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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When you start up MS Word it shows a list of recent files you have worked on. You should be able to see it there...

(I see gav 40 beat me to it. Good luck!)

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jmmoris

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:09 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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It sounds like you might have accidentally highlighted the text of your manuscript when you were fiddling with the headers, and accidentally deleted it. Can you try hitting the "undo" button in MS Word?
bqqkwurm

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:26 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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I got a computer trojan about a month ago that hid most files on my C: drive. They were still there but just hidden. It took me a while to get them back. The trojan was named "Windows Recovery." I ended up using Malwarebytes to recover most of the files.

Now I make backups on a flash drive at least every day.

Gene
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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:07 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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if your most recent files modified across the board are from yesterday then it sounds like a screw-up with your computer's internal clock: it thinks it's yesterday today, ergo you haven't modified your file yet. I did something similar many moons ago. start by checking the date/time settings on the computer.
marilyn_lockwood

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:09 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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Thank you to everyone who has tried to help me.

I think it has to do with making the headers. After I added the headers and saved the document and closed it, that's when it disappeared. Someone suggested that I undo the last change, but I couldn't access the document to undo anything.

I walked away from the computer for about an hour, and then I realized that searching in the programs field (and I see somebody suggested that too) I did find the document. It still had the same name and when I opened it, it didn't look corrupt and all the edits I had made were properly saved. I quickly re-saved-it-as a new word doc (windows 7) and immediately emailed myself a copy of it and now I'm printing out all the pages to have a hard copy of every edit I've made since the last hard copy which was about 4 thousand words ago. I'm also going to save it on a thumb drive.

I get so caught up in writing I don't have enough sense to stop and be practical I guess.

At any rate, I'm still scratching my head trying to wonder why it relocated. I still don't know where it went, only that I can find it when I do a program and files search. The new copy I made is sitting in today's edits and is behaving normally so far.

I'm looking for a logical explanation for why it happened when maybe there isn't one. But I'm just happy that I found my document.

I shudder to think that I picked up some kind of virus as someone mentioned. I don't think that happened, but maybe I'm just not clever enough to know.

At any rate, I am very grateful to all of you for taking the time to try to help me.

Marilyn
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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:35 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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I always take a minute after I finish whatever I'm working on for the day to email the latest copy to myself. It means I can always retrieve yesterday's work.

It also means I have a folder in my hotmail that contains a couple of hundred of drafts of my book, without having to have saved all those versions anywhere else.
jtbigtoad

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:45 AM   in response to: marilyn_lockwood in response to: marilyn_lockwood
 
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I haven't posted this in a long time, but here is my archiving method

[b]DON'T KNOCK IT -- IT WORKS![/b]

when I begin a Word project i will first name it with the date/time tag

012 (year) 004 (month) 027 (Date) 0900 ("Military" Time) File name.doc

this gives you:

012 004 027 0900 filename.doc

tomorrow when i open the file to work on it, the first thing I do is a SaveAs and simply change the date digie (and time)

012 004 028 0930 filename.doc

When viewed as a list they line up nice and neat and the most recent is at the bottom of the list.

If it is a complicated document I will do a Time save and start a new one

012 004 028 0930 filename.doc becomes

012 004 028 1030 filename.doc

This method not only Archives your document it backs them up and you are only out as much as your last work session.

It looks complicated, but since saves only take modifing a digit or two to fully document the changes.

JT

;)

marilyn_lockwood

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Re: Microsoft Word Question
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:46 AM   in response to: brianj6 in response to: brianj6
 
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Thank you for all the detail you offered.

I did find it, but if I hadn't, I would have tried everything you listed.

Marilyn
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