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Making Backup Copies

In addition to saving AutoRecover information, Word can also make a backup of a document for you. When you turn on this feature, Word actually saves two copies of the document: one as it was when you opened it before editing, and the other as it is after you make changes to it. Word saves the backup copy in the same folder as the current document, but it gives the file a .WBK file extension.

Why use backup copies? Let’s say you open a document and make lots of changes to it. Several hours and several saves later, you realize you want to restore the document to its original state. You could repeatedly press Ctrl+Z to undo your changes, but that’s a poor method at best. Instead, you can open the backup file Word created the first time you saved the document in the current editing session because that file represents the document’s state before you made any changes.


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