Windows 7 - Saving and opening files - Asked By Claire Cummings on 28-Jan-12 12:18 AM

   I opened a file I thought I saved in Word, a very important file, by the way, and it was all gobbledy gook.  I don't know how that happened or what I  did wrong, but I would like to know if there is anyway I can recover the original version of this file.  It might have been a scanned document, but I am not sure.
Can you please help me as I really need these insurance documents?
Thank you so kindly,
Venkat K replied to Claire Cummings on 28-Jan-12 12:28 AM
I really confused, have you deleted the document or is the document is corrupted?

You can use GetDataBack software which is really useful to recover the corrupted or deleted files from you harddisk, i personally used this and recovered lot of files:,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=de620c048d3f51dd&biw=1170&bih=645&pf=p&pdl=300

Riley K replied to Claire Cummings on 28-Jan-12 12:51 AM

Microsoft Word autosaves the unsaved word file on temporary locations and your file could be recovered from there, here’s how:

For Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Word

C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp

For Windows Vista or Windows 7:

You’ll find an ASD file there, you could open it in Microsoft Word and it will show you the document that you closed without saving.

Claire Cummings replied to Venkat K on 28-Jan-12 12:56 AM
Thank you!  It is saved but it seems it is corrupted and can't be read in the form it came up in.  I thought I saved it in word and I think I saved it from a scan.  So I have the document, but can't seem to get it open in Word.
Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks a million!
Suchit shah replied to Claire Cummings on 28-Jan-12 12:57 AM
From your despcription it looks like you have save the file and then open the file but data is not coming. but during closing the file you thought that you saved the file but data is not coming if it is so :

Yet, you may be able to recover it or at least some part of it.

To do this: Open the Tools menu. Click Options. Click the File Locations tab. If the space next to AutoRecover files is blank, then your data is lost. If there is a location, go to that location and open the document.

How to turn on AutoRecovery:
Select Tools, Options, Check 'Save AutoRecover info every:' and provide the interval.
Then click on the File Locations tab, Select AutoRecover Files, Click on "Modify..." & provide a location for its to save the files.

How does it work:
When AutoRecover is turned on, the changes you make are saved at set intervals in a separate, temporary recovery file. Then, if you have to restart Word or your computer without saving your work, Word automatically opens the recovery file. In some cases it doesn't. In such situations you have to try out the above solution. The recovery file contains your changes up until the last time AutoRecover saved the document. For example, if you set AutoRecover to save every 7 minutes, you don't lose more than 7 minutes of work. All documents that were open at the time of the power failure or similar problem appear for you. Only changes you made after the last AutoRecover save are lost.
Claire Cummings replied to Riley K on 28-Jan-12 01:10 AM
Thanks for trying to help, Riley K, but I have the saved file.  The problem is that when I open it it is in a non word version and needs conversion back to original regular English, and I don't know how to do this.  Some kind of file conversion procedure seems to be what is needed.  Do you know how to do that? 
Claire Cummings replied to Suchit shah on 28-Jan-12 01:16 AM
Thanks a million!  I really appreciate your help and will try it!  Even if I can't get the document to convert to readability, I will have leaned how to do AutoRecover!
kalpana aparnathi replied to Claire Cummings on 28-Jan-12 06:32 AM

To save a file

  1. In the program that you're using, click the File menu, and then click Save.

    If the program that you're using doesn't have a File menu or you can't find the Save button Picture of the Save button in WordPad, you might be able to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S to perform the same task.
  2. If the file is new and this is the first time that you're saving it, type a name for the file in the File name box, and then click Save.

    open file:

    If you double-click a file in Windows and it opens in the wrong software program, follow these steps to choose the program you would prefer to use. You can change this setting for an individual file, or you change this setting so Windows opens all files of the same type in the software program you choose.

    1. Open the folder that contains the file you want to change.

    2. Right-click the file you want to change and then, depending on the type of file, either click Open with or point to Open with and then click Choose default program.

    3. Click the program you want to use to open the file.

    4. Do one of the following:

      • If you want all files of that type to open in the same software program, select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box, and then click OK.

      • If you want only that file to open in the software program this one time, clear the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box, and then click OK.

Suchit shah replied to Claire Cummings on 28-Jan-12 07:32 AM