Disappeared Word Document


  • Half-hour ago a Word document I'd spent most of the day writing disappeared.  Text just disappeared, character by character, like someone was doing erase or backspace. Not only that, but there was no back-up that I could find although I've been working on this for at 3-4 hours and thought there was an interim/draft automatic save on documents in process. I actually saved and closed an earlier draft and printed it, then re-opened to edit or rewrite.

    What's up? In set-up I had to go to Word 2003 Styles to simply get single line spacing.


    Sunday, December 18, 2011 11:31 PM


  • Hi,


    Thank you for using Microsoft Office for IT Professionals Forums.


    From your description, please try all the methods in the following article to recover your document:



    To narrow down the root cause of the issue, please refer to the following:


    1.       Determine if there is any script running when you edit the document, just like vbs script.

    2.       Disable macros and add-ins.

    3.       Try the following troubleshooting to clean up the Word settings.

    4.       Perform a clean boot in Windows 7:



    Please take your time to try the suggestions and let me know the results at your earliest convenience. If anything is unclear or if there is anything I can do for you, please feel free to let me know.




    Rex Zhang


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    Rex Zhang

    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:16 AM