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I was in the middle of creating a document when Microsoft Word crashed. When I restarted, it asked me what I wanted to do with some temporary file, to which I answered delete. But unfortunately it was the latest version of my document, and I am now left with just a few lines in the beginning. Is there a way I can get my old file or have I dug my own grave?

Also, I can't find the recycle bin on my desktop. I am using Windows XP.

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Also, I can't find the recycle bin on my desktop.

Open Windows Explorer (Windows key + E) and select C:\. You'll see a Recycle Bin, and this will show deleted files for all drives.

But, depending how an application deletes a file, it might be immediately deleted permanently, not moved to the recycle bin.

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cant see the recycle bi as you mentioned:-( –  Mithun Madhav Oct 12 '10 at 10:14
Right click on the desktop, select properties and one of the tabs should allow you to select certain system icons on the desktop (don't have WinXP currently running for a quick check on tab names). NB. in a corporate environment these things can be locked out. –  Richard Oct 12 '10 at 10:17
already checked that ,there is no mention of recycle bin apart from some option to change its icon.May be its the corporate stuff you mentioned.its my office system. –  Mithun Madhav Oct 12 '10 at 10:21

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