I was emailed (in outlook) a word document that contained the instructions for a job test. The word document contained a number of other embedded word files, including a template for preparing your response. I opened the template and began preparing my response. At one point it occurred to me that I was working in a temporary internet folder and that I should save this document on my desktop so as to not lose it.

I was saving my work as I went but eventually closed the original word document that hosted the other embedded word documents (including the template). Closing that word document caused the template to close.

When I opened the document saved on my desktop, it did not contain the information I had been working on over the course of the day but only the information that was in the file when it was originally saved (like a snap shot in time). I have since realized that I only saved a copy to my desktop and that information I had saved subsequently was not being saved to that file path.

My question to the computer gods is : is it possible for me to recover the document I was working on? I have checked my temporary internet folder but it only includes the host word document (when I open the embedded template, it is as it originally was when it was sent to me).

Please have mercy on me oh wise ones...


Later versions of Outlook 2013 and Word 2013, don't allow you to edit the Word document launched from Outlook. It is read-only view mode and edits have to be re-saved.

Sounds like you're using an older version of Outlook. Not sure how embedded documents within a read-only document would work, but your changes would be abandoned if the Word doc was opened as read-only.

Still, method 3 & 4 might be your best bet to locate previous versions of your Word document: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/316951

Also, if you have System Protection turned on, you could go to the various folder you think your file was/currently in and right click > Restore previous versions.

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