Lost Word or Excel file from Outlook attachment

This is a great great post particularily for the updated method for Office 2010 Outlook.


Lost Word document edited from Outlook attachment?

Have you ever come across a situation where you received a Word/Excel/Powerpoint document or any other editable file for that matter, via email that you manage through Microsoft Outlook. You opend the document, edit the contents, save and close it. Now when you try to find the edited document it is nowhere to be found!!

Well relax! Your document may be safe. Only that Microsoft Outlook saves it at a hidden location on the hard disk.

Here is a possible solution to find such a “missing” document.

Step 1: Locate the folder
The folder location is stored in the registry in the following key.

Outlook 2010HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Security

Outlook 2007HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Security

Step 2: Get to the folder
  1. Open the OutlookSecureTempFolder registry key from the location provided in Step 1.
  2. Copy the path from the key.  Open NOTEPAD and paste the copied location. Delete the actual file name from the pasted text link.
  3. Open Windows File Explorer
  4. Paste the address in the Address Bar and press Enter and lookin the lst for the specific file name you are looking for.
Now look for the missing document. Hopefully the file you are looking for will be located in this folder.