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    How do you retrieve a word file you have accidentallly deleted?

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    The first place to look is in your Windows Recycle Bin by using Windows Explorer.
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    Thanks, but "been there, done that!"; nothing there

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    Presumably the Word file had already been named and saved, prior to your deleting it? - because if not, there would be no way to retrieve it (although I think Word 2010 does have a means for retrieving documents deleted that way).

    If you deleted a saved file, and subsequently emptied the Recycle Bin before you realized it was missing, you may be out of luck. There may be utilities or services to recover data that has been deleted this way, but it would likely be an expensive endeavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlkirk View Post
    Thanks, but "been there, done that!"; nothing there
    If the file was deleted interactively in Windows Explorer using the normal method, i.e., it should have been sent to the Recycle Bin, then you could try some undelete/unerase utility software to see whether it can be salvaged. (I'm not sure where you would scan for files assigned to the Recycle Bin, whether that actually is a separate location or is a pointer to the original folder.)

    If the file was deleted through a method that bypasses the Recycle Bin, the same utilities might be helpful.

    It is critical to minimize disk writes before running the utility (or using an outside service) to have the greatest chance of successful recovery.

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