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Recover Lost Work in Office 2010

Computers lock up occasionally, and applications crash in the middle of important projects. When that happens, any work that you haven’t saved is gone.

To minimize the pain of those situations, Word, Excel and PowerPoint all have an AutoRecover feature that silently saves your drafts as you work, once every 10 minutes or at some other interval you specify. These drafts are saved in temporary hidden files that are deleted when you close the application successfully (that is, not abruptly becuase of a lockup, crash, or power outage). If the application crashes, those temporary saved files appear for your perusal when the program starts back up. You can choose to either

  • Save them if their versions are newer than the ones you have on your hard drive


  • Discard them if they contain nothing you need

To change the interval at which AutoRecover versions are saved, follow these steps:

  1. Choose File-->Options.
  2. Click the Save category.
  3. Make sure that the Save AutoRecover Information Every 10 Minutes check box is selected.
  4. If desired, change the value in the Minutes box to another number.
  5. Click OK.

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