*Screen shots may not reflect your version of word 

STEP 1:  Navigate to Word Options. To do this open Word, click File, and open Options  



STEP 2: Navigate to the Advanced section and verify whether the Always create backup copy is checked

STEP 3: Check the Save tab under Word Options


This will show you where all your documents are being saved to. Best practice is to click the Browse button next to: AutoRecover file location, and Default file location to see if any confidential information has resided there. 

TIP: Other MS applications (ie. Excel, Word, PowerPoint) operate in the same way, and you should follow the same process as outlined above to discover location of any confidential documents. 


Click Browse next to AutoRecover file location and create a new folder under My Documents titled “AutoRecover”. Save your documents to that folder.