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post Oct 28 2009, 10:08 AM
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I was sent a Wordpad document this morning, I opened it and have spent almost the last three hours working on it.
When I saved it, I got a message saying that it couldn't be saved in the current format but would be converted to rich text format instead. I clicked OK, then closed the document.

When I open it again now, all I get is a blank page; no writing, no formatting, nothing at all. Not only have I lost my own work, I've lost the original piece that was sent to me.

Does anyone know how I can recover this? The only alternative is to get it re-sent theis afternoon then start all over again.

Thanks, Mike.


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post Oct 28 2009, 10:14 AM
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QUOTE (Mike @ Oct 28 2009, 10:08 AM) *
I was sent a Wordpad document this morning, I opened it and have spent almost the last three hours working on it.
When I saved it, I got a message saying that it couldn't be saved in the current format but would be converted to rich text format instead. I clicked OK, then closed the document.

When I open it again now, all I get is a blank page; no writing, no formatting, nothing at all. Not only have I lost my own work, I've lost the original piece that was sent to me.

Does anyone know how I can recover this? The only alternative is to get it re-sent theis afternoon then start all over again.

Thanks, Mike.

Am not sure on this one.....But when you go to open it up, is there a drop down under the file name? If there is, can you try selecting rich text format and seeing what happens?


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post Oct 28 2009, 10:18 AM
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Thanks Sue, but no help.


Will it still be in a buffer or temporary file somewhere?


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post Oct 28 2009, 10:27 AM
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QUOTE (Mike @ Oct 28 2009, 10:18 AM) *
Thanks Sue, but no help.


Will it still be in a buffer or temporary file somewhere?

I think it should be in a temporary file - at least the original. Have you tried going to the Start menu, then My Recent Documents? That should list all your recent documents and the original could be on that list.


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post Oct 28 2009, 10:30 AM
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What's the file size of it now, Mike? Assuming you're on a PC, right-click the file and click Properties - you'll get the info there. Should give a better idea of whether the file is completely blank or whether it's still got data in it and is just failing to display to you for some reason.
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post Oct 28 2009, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (Chris @ Oct 28 2009, 10:30 AM) *
What's the file size of it now, Mike? Assuming you're on a PC, right-click the file and click Properties - you'll get the info there. Should give a better idea of whether the file is completely blank or whether it's still got data in it and is just failing to display to you for some reason.


It says it's just 102 bytes. That's not good is it?


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post Oct 28 2009, 10:53 AM
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No, sounds like it's toast to me - pretty much a blank file, that. Not sure to what extent it'd be stored in memory or a temporary file, mind, but I think you're looking at an afternoon session unfortunately.
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post Oct 28 2009, 11:26 AM
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I've just got the original re-sent and will have to start again.

Thanks anyway.


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post Oct 28 2009, 12:35 PM
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QUOTE (Mike @ Oct 28 2009, 11:26 AM) *
I've just got the original re-sent and will have to start again.

Thanks anyway.

Just a thought Mike,i assume it was sent via e-mail
Did you still have the e-mail?


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post Oct 28 2009, 12:45 PM
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Just checked. The original was intact in the email, but not with the amendments I made.
Anyway, I've got another one now and will open it up in word or works and not notepad before I even start working on it.


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post Oct 28 2009, 12:56 PM
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QUOTE (Mike @ Oct 28 2009, 10:08 AM) *
I was sent a Wordpad document this morning, I opened it and have spent almost the last three hours working on it.
When I saved it, I got a message saying that it couldn't be saved in the current format but would be converted to rich text format instead. I clicked OK, then closed the document.

When I open it again now, all I get is a blank page; no writing, no formatting, nothing at all. Not only have I lost my own work, I've lost the original piece that was sent to me.

Does anyone know how I can recover this? The only alternative is to get it re-sent theis afternoon then start all over again.

Thanks, Mike.


Normally when it can't be saved in the current format you have to click the drop down list and change the format. Happend a few times to me in college but i got it sorted.

ON your desktop page, have you got a recycle bin shorcut? if not think the recylcle bin is in control pannel. Have a look in their because sometimes when the file won't save in the current format it is sent to there.


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post Oct 28 2009, 01:39 PM
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So in summary, Tom, you think Mike should get rid of his computer and buy a new one?

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