Lost a document, opened and saved from email
May 21, 2013 4 Comments
A client popped into our office on Friday with a query, they had worked on a document saved it, but now when they went back to open it, there was no trace of it anywhere. After the usual suggestions of ‘are you sure you saved it?’ ‘have you searched for it?’ ‘are you sure you saved it?’ i asked him to bring his laptop over. Luckily he was based in the office next door so it was not a long trip.
We looked through some other relevant locations, like recent docs, or going to Word and doing a Save As to try and locate the last saved location.
I got him to show me how he had opened the document, and we mapped the procedure through.
It turns out he had opened the file directly from Outlook. As you may know there is a special temporary folder within a users profile called ‘Content.Outlook’ this would usually be the best place to start looking for a lost file when in this scenario.
Sadly the file was not there.
What was slightly different about this case, was that the file, was also contained within a zip file.
So from Outlook a zip file attachment was double clicked and then the file he wanted to work with was also opened, worked on and then saved.
When his changes were made he saved the file. He mentioned being prompted to save with a different name because it was a read only file, so he appended 1 to the end..
By recreating the problem i was able to find the path the file was being opened from, was indeed not ‘Content.Outlook’ but a folder under AppData\Local\Temp but if you were not looking particularly for the folder you were saving in, you would not notice.
The full path being:
C:\Users\Rob\AppData\Local\Temp\Temp1_Test Folder.zip\Test Folder\
Temp1_ Being put at the beginning of the name of the zip file, then the remainder of the path being the folders within that zip file.
Hope this may help you to locate a missing document!