Word crashes and you have not saved for a long time!! Sounds familiar? Here is some tips how to simplifi recovery of wordfiles (lost).
First change the default place where word saves recovery files. I have coosen my dropboxaccount so i always have them handy AND backuped.
In word choose Woed menu and choose alternative/ searchpaths
Notice after Autorecoverfiles that i have changed the path to my dropboxaccount. Now i always know where my autorecoverfiles "land" . Tip: keep that folder in wiew and you can see the autorecover files pop up when running Word.
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Default is 10 mins but you can have any value you want. Done yet? Now you are in total control of recover wordfiles!