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Recovering a Document

The AutoRecover feature of Word 2007 saves your document at set intervals to a temporary recovery file. The file can then be recovered in the event of a system crash or power failure.

This feature should not be used as a replacement for regularly saving your documents to prevent loss of data. It supplements your saving to protect your work against unexpected problems.

To recover a document after software or system crashes, the AutoRecovery feature must be turned on.

  1. Click the Office Button
  2. Click the Word Options button
  3. Click Save
  4. AutoRecover save information

  5. Check the box and enter an interval for the Save AutoRecover information every option
  6. If necessary, click Browse and provide an AutoRecover file location
  7. Click Ok

Microsoft Word will now save your file at the specified intervals to the temporary recovery file. For example, if you entered 10 minutes,you would not lose more than 10 minutes of work. Only changes since the last autosave will be lost (unless you manually saved the document).

Now the next time an error closes Word, or the system crashes, simply open Word again and the AutoRecover pane should appear on the left allowing you to restore your work to the last recovery point.

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