Can’t Find The File You Downloaded?

28 04 2008

Kaci hit “DOWNLOAD” on an MS Word document attached to an email and the file instantly launched on Microsoft Office 2003 on her screen. She made a bunch of changes to the Word document and like any smart computer user, hit CTRL+S to save the file. After closing it, she realized that she was unable to relocate the file she just spent a good 10 minutes editing.

There are many ways of finding the file you just downloaded and some of them are:

  1. Carefully scan through the clutter on your desktop screen.
  2. Minimize everything and then press the F5 key to refresh your desktop.
  3. Right-click on an empty spot and click on “Arrange Icons By” and then “Auto Arrange“. This should bring most “missing” files back in your sight.
  4. Press WINDOWS+E to open Windows (File) Explorer. Then go to “C:\Documents and Settings\ [your-computer-name] \Desktop” and scan for your file.
  5. Most people would opt to “Search” their computers for the file if they know the name of the file but depending on certain factors it (whether the file was SAVED or simply RAN), the file name might bring up a blank because a random name might be supplied rendering your search fruitless.
  6. Some will try looking in the RECENT FILES folder which is located in “C:\Documents and Settings\ [your-computer-name] \My Recent Documents” or on most computers, Start > My Recent Documents.
  7. You can go back to the place where you downloaded the file and attempt to download it again to find the location. [CAUTION: This may OVERRIDE the original file. NOT RECOMMENDED if you have the OPEN or SAVE set to automatic]
  8. The smarter folks will scan the TEMP folders if #1 or #2 don’t give them the results they want. To do that, simply go to “C:\Documents and Settings\ [your-computer-name] \Local Settings\Temp” after opening up Windows (File) Explorer using the WINDOWS+E shortcut command keys.
    OR
    You can press WINDOWS+R to launch the RUN command menu and type in “%temp%” and then hit enter to lead you to the same location.

If none of them give you the answers, you have a ghost in the machine. Regardless, the best solution for any problem is not to have them at all and I’ll continue with it on the next post.


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28 04 2008
Can’t Find The File You Downloaded? - Pt 1

[…] The latest One⦠wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptCan’t Find The File You Downloaded? – Pt 1 28 04 2008 Kaci hit “DOWNLOAD” on an MS Word document attached to an email and the file instantly launched on Microsoft Office 2003 on her screen. She made a bunch of changes to the Word document and like any smart computer user, hit CTRL+S to save the file. After closing it, she realized that she was unable to relocate the file she just spent a good 10 minutes editing. There are many ways of finding the file you just downloaded and some of them ar […]

28 04 2008
microsoft » Blog Archive » Can’t Find The File You Downloaded? - Pt 1

[…] Beeyen wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptKaci hit “DOWNLOAD” on an MS Word document attached to an email and the file instantly launched on Microsoft Office 2003 on her screen. She made a bunch of changes to the Word document and like any smart computer user, hit CTRL+S to … […]

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