How to Recover a Saved-Over Word Doc

If you accidentally overwrite a document in Word 2007 or Word 2003, you can still recover the saved-over version. Microsoft Word automatically saves backup copies of your documents for you. To recover an earlier version of a Word document, you only need to know where to look; this depends on which version of Microsoft Word you are using.

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Microsoft Word saves backup versions of your documents in case you accidentally overwrite.

Word 2007

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Launch Word 2007 and click the Microsoft Office button. A floating window will open.

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Click "Open." A dialog box will open.

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Select "All Files" from the file type drop-down list.

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Look for your document name with the file extension ".wbk" and click to open it.

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Save the recovered file.

Word 2003

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Launch Word 2003. Click "File" then click "Open." A dialog box will open.

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Select "All Files ." as the file type.

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Look for your document name with the file extension ".wbk" and click to open it.

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Save the recovered file.