When I open a doc andclose Word, the doc isn't in Recently Opened



I often get Word .docs as attachments to email in Outlook 2003.

I click on the .doc and it opens, and I look at it. But if I close the .doc
and hope to see it again in the "Recently Opened Documents" list, it isn't

Why don't these documents show up where they are supposed to? And is there a





Suzanne S. Barnhill

When you open a document directly from an attachment, it opens in a
temporary location and in a way doesn't really exist. It's actually a step
forward for Word not to include such documents in the MRU list, which I
believe it must have done in some earlier versions because I have a client
who was always trying to open previously opened attachments that way and
always got an error message. If you have closed Word since you opened the
attachment, it is no longer in the temp folder, so even if it were listed in
the MRU list, you'd get an error.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA



Graham Mayor

The workaround is never to open messages directly from Outlook attachments
(particularly in versions before 2007), but to save them to the hard drive
first. If you have opened the documents from the message and made changes,
you *may* be able to recover them. See
http://www.gmayor.com/outlook_attachments.htm .

Word 2007 handles things a little differently, in that it will not readily
allow you to save changes to the temporary location.

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