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Tech Tip – Recover Unsaved Office Documents

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If you use Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint on the desktop, it’s worth knowing that these applications automatically save versions of documents as you work even if you don’t, allowing you to save yourself time and effort by recovering any unsaved documents. Here’s how this last-ditch lifesaver feature works: 

In Word: go to ‘File’ > ‘Info’ > ‘Manage Document.’ Then click on ‘Recover Unsaved Documents’
In Excel: go to ‘File’ > ‘Info’ > ‘Manage Workbook.’ Then click on ‘Recover Unsaved Workbooks’
In PowerPoint: go to ‘File’ > ‘Info’ > ‘Manage Presentation.’ Then click on ‘Recover Unsaved Presentations’

You will then see a list of documents that can be recovered. 

Fingers crossed, your unsaved document can be resurrected. However, if the missing documents still eludes you, you can try the additional steps in this handy Microsoft guide:

How to recover unsaved Word documents