If you can't find a file you were recently working on recently, you probably saved in in the wrong location. Try the following:

  • Open the program that you had been using:
    • Go to: File > Recent Documents
    • Some programs may automatically show a list of recent files
  • Use Search in the taskbar

If both of these fail to find the program, or the file is listed but you get an error message when you attempt to open it, chances are that you saved it in the wrong format, with the wrong extension, or in location.  Files saved to a directory named temp, temporary, or some variation, will not in fact be saved, and will likely be deleted when the file is closed. 

Save Early

Save Often

Save in the proper location