Back Up Your Work

woman mad at computerOkay, I have to admit it, yesterday I had a pretty big meltdown.  I was working on my NaNoWriMo challenge, Book Five of the Cloverleah Pack series, and was feeling really good with just over 3K worth done.  It took me five hours, because I was tired, but I was pleased with the results. BUT I learned something new about Word 2013 – when you write in the autosaved file it doesn’t save onto your original file, even if you tell it to freaking overwrite the thing.

You see I had had a power cut earlier in the day, and fortunately, thanks to the autosave function, I had only lost a couple of sentences.  So I carried on writing on that autosaved file, and when I came to save the document, I would tell it to overwrite my original file. I didn’t think anything of it, even though every time I hit Save it would ask me again if I wanted to overwrite the file. I just kept saying yes.

So at the end of my writing spree, I’m sitting back thinking that everything is good – so I hit save again, yes I wanted to overwrite and then I deleted the autosaved version, secure in the knowledge that my original file contained my day’s work.  Well I was in for a major shock, because not one word that I had written that day was there.

Like an intrepid researcher that I am, I went online to find the answer to my problems. I found the file finally, in my Recycle Bin, and blithely clicked restore.  And now it’s gone.  Goodness knows where, goodness knows why, but everything I had done in five hours was a complete goner.  I was up until gone 1am rewriting the whole lot.

So peoples, please back up your work.  Yes the autosave function on Word is a great invention, but if you are using Microsoft Office 2013 then please save the autosaved file under another file name – don’t try and overwrite your original file like you used to be able to in every other version of Word. I don’t know why it doesn’t work, but it didn’t for me and if I can save you the tears and the freaking sore eyes I have today, then my work in this post is done 🙂

Have a great day

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