Recover zapped files
You can use the AutoRecover feature in Word to recover a Word document if your computer loses power or if an application error occurs while you are working in a document.
To set the AutoRecover feature in Word:
1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
2. Choose the Save tab and select the "Save AutoRecover info every" check box.
Set the minutes box to the desired time interval between AutoRecover saves.
The AutoRecover feature does not replace the saving of a document. There is no feature in Word to automatically save your document files. You must periodically save your documents.
What Is the AutoRecover Feature in Word?
How Word creates and recovers the AutoRecover files
"When you perform a full save of your file, there is no way to go back to your original version. If the document was saved automatically, in many instances data would be lost because a full save is irreversible.
In contrast, AutoRecover does not overwrite your original file; this allows you to back out of most errors just by not saving changes when you close the file.
An AutoRecover file is created or updated each time there are changes that have not been saved at the end of the preset time period. You should perform a full save specifically based on progress you've made in your document rather than arbitrarily at regular time intervals.
NOTE: Another way to protect your work and maintain all of your changes is to use the Versions command on the File menu."
How can I make Word save or back up my document automatically?
In Word 2007+ it's under "Office button">Word options> Save.
By design, Microsoft Word does not create an AutoRecover file when you are working in a master document, because the AutoRecover file format is not compatible with the master document file format.
When you use Word as your e-mail editor, Word does not create an AutoRecover (AutoSave) file of your e-mail message.
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