Where does Internet Explorer keep downloaded files that are merely “opened” on Windows 7?

I decided to open a file instead of saving it, made lots of changes saved many times, but when I closed it, I realised I couldn’t find it anymore.

I’m hopping the file is still here, but can’t find it anywhere. Is there any way I can recover this file?

PS: it seems the file should be still there somewhere, because if I re-open the original file from the page it puts the “[2]” in the end of it, which could mean it conflicted with some original file.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Windows 7 puts them in a directory in your profile directory

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

Solution 2

On Windows 10 (and maybe others), the files that you opened in IE, instead of hitting Save first and opening that, are saved here:


Solution 3

In Windows XP, Go to “My Computer -> Local Disk (C) -> Documents and Settings -> “User Name” -> Local Settings -> Temporary Internet Files”.

In Windows 7, it will be under “User -> Username -> Local Settings -> Temporary Internet Files” (I believe. I don’t have Windows 7 in front of me at the moment.)

You will have to change your folder view to show hidden files and folders if it does not already show them. Otherwise you probably won’t see the Local Settings folder. If you use this folder as a starting point and do a search of all the subfolders, you should find the file you’re looking for.

Solution 4

In Windows 7, Local Settings may be redirected to AppData\Local and Temporary Internet Files itself to \AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

I’m using a command prompt and dir /a:s to see the physical destinations of the JUNCTION entries.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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