Did you unintentionally get rid of a crucial file? How to undelete it

Mistakenly deleting files can lead to a lot of trouble. Lucky for you, those files are commonly still intact and on your computer if you search for them soon enough. Here’s a guide to undeleting files before they’re gone for good.

Before you panic:

Check to see if you mistakenly saved the file to a different location. People frequently save files to their Downloads or other folders without realizing it, so do a search of all your documents before presuming that it’s gone.

Search for recovered files. Often, if you close a program or your computer shuts down without warning, there is a recovered files folder that saves whatever you were working on. Search your system for those documents before losing hope.

Search your email. If you emailed a version of the file to someone, it may still be in your Sent Messages folder. Checking here first can save you a lot of time and stress.

Check your Recycle Bin, as this is where many files hang out until they are entirely deleted.

When those don’t work

There are some times when these tricks simply won’t be able to recover the files you want. If this happens, your best bet is to contact your IT services provider for help.

Losing files can be scary. Fortunately, they’re usually not totally lost. These tips are straightforward and easy to follow – and when they don’t work, your IT services provider is usually just a phone call away.