So, a client came in the other day, saying that he couldn’t find a document that he had opened up from the internet, edited and then hit save. He hadn’t chosen where to save it, and had just assumed that it would be in his Documents folder. It wasn’t it was lost in the great labyrinth known as the Temporary Internet Files. I had a lot of trouble finding out how to get to them, even know I had had no trouble finding them previously in XP, because there was no clear, simple how-to on the internet. So here’s one for everyone else.
- Open ‘Folder Options’ under ‘Organize’ in Explorer.
- Select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”, and untick “Hide protected operating system files”
- (Optional) Untick “hide extensions for known file types”
- Navigate to C:\Users\<Your_Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
Here, you will find some of the temporary internet files. If the file you are looking for is not here, or the file you find is a different version, continue reading.
- Click in the address bar, and adjust the address to add “\CONTENT.IE5” so the address is now “C:\Users\<Your_Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5”
- You can now use the search to find the file you are looking for. Either search for the file name, or the file type. You can also manually search through the folders you can see.
- Don’t forget to reset the settings that were changed in step 2 & 3.
So, there you go. A step-by-step of how to retrieve files from the Temporary Internet Files.
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In other news, I’m going to Supanova in a few weeks with a few friends, and am super excited! For those who don’t know Supanova is a pop culture expo, kinda like an Australian poor-man’s ComiCon. Well, that’s how I understand it. I can’t really say, because this is the first time I’ve ever gone to anything like either of these. I’m definitely going to do a blog about it, and it’ll have lots of photos.