Recently a co-worker flipped out over the fact that Microsoft Word suddenly crashed on him, taking along an important document that was worked on for 4 hours and for some reason not saved during that time. While a better question would be as to why the document, an important one at that, wasn’t saved throughout that entire period, desperate times called for desperate measures. As it was, Microsoft Word saved the document as an ASD file; the trick was to get it to open in Word.
After doing a bit of research, I came across the following article whose contents I’ve copied for everyone’s benefit.
ASD files are automatic backups of the original file, so word setup the backup file, you need to find the original file or select the file and when the dialog box comes up for what to do with it, select to choose a program from the list, and select word.
1. Click Start, and then click Search.
2. Click All files and folders in Search Companion on the left side of Microsoft Windows Explorer.
3. In the All or part of the file name: box, type the file name that you want to find.
4. In the Look in box, click My Computer, and then click Search.
5. If the results pane does not contain the file, continue with the following steps to search for all Word documents.
6. In the All or part of the file name: box, type *.doc, and then click Search.
Manually recover AutoRecover files
To search for AutoRecover files, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, and then click Search.
2. Click All files and folders in Search Companion on the left side of Windows Explorer.
3. In the All or part of the file name: box, type *.ASD.
4. In the Look in box, click My Computer.
5. Click Search.
If you find any files that have the .asd extension, follow these steps: a. Start Word.
b. Perform one of the following actions:
i. In Word 2007, click the Microsoft OfficeButton, and then click Open.
ii. In Word 2003, click Open on the File menu.
c. In the File of type list, click All Files .
d. Locate and select the .asd file.
e. Right-click “Open With” and locate from programs where Microsoft Word is.
f. Open with Microsoft Word.
If Word finds the AutoRecover file, the Document Recovery task pane opens on the left side of the screen, and the missing document is listed as document name [Original] or as document name [Recovered]. If this occurs, perform one of the following actions:
i. In Word 2007, double-click the file in the Document Recovery task pane, click the Microsoft Office Button, click Save As, and then save the document as a .docx file.
ii. In Word 2003, double-click the file in the Document Recovery task pane, click Save As on the File menu, and then save the document as a .doc file.