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Today I edited a file from our online document repository without first downloading it. I had just clicked "Open" when IE7 prompted me instead of "Save"...   I worked on the document using Office 2007 Powerpoint for a couple of hours, clicked Save and then closed it.  Next I tried to find it to re-upload it to the repository. OOOPS!  I hadn't done a "Save As..." silly me and my file was GONE! How's that for a Friday night horror story. 

But instead of crying... I was tempted, I began to think like a geek (rather than a document-bound architect): This file is SOMEWHERE, I mean the bits were not just in the ether.  I looked in the obvious place "Temporary Internet Files" but there was basically nothing there.  Suspicious. Googling a bit, I confirmed this -- a shell extension displays a special view which masks the real contents for this folder. Note: This type of hiding is different that the "normal" one which you can easily disable (and probably already have).

How did I find my file you ask? You could disable the shell extension, download special hard drive analysis tools, or the easiest way (Hard drive space permitting):

How to find a file in the hidden internet explorer cache:

1. Go find your temporary internet files: C:\Documents and Settings\userName\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files (parent folder is hidden, so you have to go to your explorer options to view these hidden/system files). 

2. Next Copy-Paste the entire folder to somewhere else. 

3. After that finally completes, you can browse the contents normally. **Search** for your filename/extension since there is a lot of stuff nested in that folder.

Despite the happy ending, I am really upset that Office actually let me do that. I can't believe that I was allowed to save a file to a spot that I am not allowed to browse.  So I'll just say it AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 12:43 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Internet Explorer HIDDEN Cache

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I couldnt have said it better:

"Despite the happy ending, I am really upset that Office actually let me do that. I can't believe that I was allowed to save a file to a spot that I am not allowed to browse. So I'll just say it AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!"

Linux rocks! (if you have the patience to learn how to use it;))

Thanks for the post (im in vista now tring to find a file in Internet temp files ;))
Left by kyo on Mar 15, 2009 10:33 PM

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You can do that from sub appliction ...
so you have many way .
Left by Mohamed on Aug 17, 2009 2:56 AM

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Or look for it in a cmd window from the Internet Explorer cache directory then copy to a new location
Left by David on Jun 03, 2010 3:38 PM

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