A simple but lifesaving tech tip: recovering an unsaved attachment

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alex suhoy  Identity Verified
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*** Jan 14, 2015

This can also happen with MS Outlook, when double-clicking the attachment directly in the e-mail, then working in MS Word on the opened file.

To find the file, you can just do a search on the whole system drive (with hidden folders and files visible) using *.docx and modification date, then right-click on the results and select “Open file location”.
E.g. with Outlook on Win7, files are in C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\

@Morgane: i’d recommend saving the attachment directly from the browser or e-mail client software, and not open it then “save it as”.


David Wright  Identity Verified
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There is an easier way Jan 14, 2015

Open another text in an email (but not the one you were using). Hit F12 (= save as) This will open up the directory in which the file would automatically be saved, and there you will see the name of the file you think you have lost. Do not save anything, but instead right-click on the file you thought you had lost. This gives you a menu that includes "open". Click on it, and it will say you can't open until you have finished - or aborted .- the saving of the other file, so abort the saving, and your lost file will appear on your screen, and using F12 you can save it where you need it.


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