how do i view all temporary folders subfolder

September 25, 2010 at 04:23:28
Specs: Windows Vista
I opened a word document through a download instead of save as spent a whole day completing the form saved it and closed it. The file saved to a temporary folder and now I cant locate it. I have been trying for 8 hours all of the advised techniques open it again check folder properties, open another document etc. In doing so I found the location of the new forms I had downloaded during my search for the original. STILL NO ORIGINAL WITH ALL MY WORK!!!! I have noticed that the letters and numbers in the sub folders where the new forms are located changes C:\Users\Excellicious\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5\REYL4W1A. I can not see any of these folders when searching through the system I can only locate them when I type in there specific letters and numbers e.g. REYL4W1A even the content.IE5 file will not appear unless I type it in. Is there any way for me to see all these subfolders without having to type them manually, I think this may enable me to find my work. I am dying here please HELP! I am using word 2007 and windows vista home premium.

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#1
September 25, 2010 at 04:42:26
Take your pick HERE. Next time use SAVE AS instead of SAVE. This is the best I can do for you. Good luck.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#2
September 25, 2010 at 07:06:04
Jay1980, Those alpha/numeric folders are hidden folders so you need to enable show hidden files and folders. Follow the instructions at the link below.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7 or Vista
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...

Tufenuf


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#3
September 25, 2010 at 10:34:54
Tufenuf way past this....have done all of this and they are still not showing???? I believe they are super hidden but no-one seems to know how to access them on vista only xp!!

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#4
September 25, 2010 at 11:02:57
Jay1980, If you run Disk Cleanup then under the DiskCleanup tab hilite the Temporary Internet Files entry, click the View Files button can you then see those folders? Here's a link with illustrations.

http://www.vista4beginners.com/Disk...


Tufenuf


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#5
September 25, 2010 at 11:48:32
Hadnt tried that, but its not there. I believe it is actually there because to test I downloaded a different file and saved to temporary internet files and it wasn't there!For some reason the folder is not showing me word documents I am trying to make the computer show me the word documents in this folder by changing settings etc, but hav'nt been able to find one thats worked yet.

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#6
December 7, 2010 at 14:20:44
Jay1980, I feel your pain. I spent 2 hours last night making changes to a Word document I opened through my Windows Llive, and YES i forgot to "SAVE AS." I made changes to it and clicked CTRL+S every 5 mins (habit). It didn't prompt me to SAVE AS (GRRRRR). I closed the file and tried to open it again to print. It's nowhere to be found. I work for a company and am computer savvy, but this was beyond my expertise. I called our IT guy who told me that those SUBFOLRDERS with 8 weird letters and numbers in the Temporary Internet Files folder you can retrieve only via DOS. That is, if you already closed Word and that SUBFOLDER is not showing up, which is what happened in my case.
So I made a little test. I opened the same Word document, saved it in the default SUBFOLDER and tried to search for that name via Windows Explorer (I got the name of the SUBFOLDER by looking where I was saving it in Word). It wasn’t there. I also remember that the IT guy said those SUBFOLDERS are virtually impossible to detect. When you know the SUBFOLDER’s name and put the entire path in the address bar in Windows Explorer, that folder opens. But how the heck can I guess 8 random numbers and letters to search for the subfolder I created yesterday. My path that I tested was C:\DocumentsandSettings\username\LocalSettings\TemporaryInternetFiles\Content.IE5\NW6GQPV4.
As I said earlier, I am able to find that SUBFOLDER and the file by typing the above file path, but when I do not know the letters of the SUBFOLDER, then there is nothing I can do. I do not want to pay the IT dude $90/h to retrieve that doc for me, I will just retype the changes again. If there is anyone out there that can tell us how to retrieve ALL SUBFOLDERS from the TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES folder, I think you would make 1000's of ppl happy. Remember these folders do not show up anymore under CONTENT.IE5, but when you put the entire path in the address bar, it opens (that is only if you have not cleared your TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES). THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

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#7
December 7, 2010 at 19:32:12
I assume that the WORD file you saved and you can't find has either the "doc"or "docx"extension right? Why not click on the Windows logo in the bottom left hand part of the screen and select "search" and type "*.doc" for the name of what you are searching for. This will then list all files with the doc or docx extension and your file should be there somwhere. I am notsure whether WORD files in hidden folders will be in the list but it might be worth a try. Also WORD when you open it doesn't it list recent documents that you have been working on? If so why not do that and open the recent files and see if one of them is the one you want
I am assuming that the file was saved with a doc or docx extension. If so you could go to a DOS prompt and type "dir *.doc/s"and search the whole drive for files with those extensions.

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