Recovering Lost Work in Office XP

If you're working in Office XP recover lost work using the step-by-step instructions provided in this free lesson.

Sometimes a Microsoft Office XP program will suddenly stop responding. If this happens to you, there are procedures you should follow to try to recover any lost work.

Recovering a program

If the program stops responding, recover the program:



The Document Recovery task pane

The Document Recovery task pane helps you review, open, and save recovered files.

To review files in the Document Recovery task pane:
To view what repairs were made to the file:


By default, Office XP's AutoRecover feature automatically saves a temporary copy of your work every 10 minutes. However, you can set the AutoRecover to save your work more frequently.

This feature, while turned on by default, must be on in order for the Document Recovery task pane to work properly.

To reset AutoRecover:

To learn more about recovering lost work in Office XP, check out our Office XP tutorial.