I received an Excel attachment in Outlook (Office 2003), started editing
(cleaning up) it's 16 pages, with Saves after each page...when I got to page
15, it contained formulas that referred back to cells I'd moved in previous
I checked the datestamp in my temporary folder (OLKAD...) and it was 10
minutes old. I assumed it was too late to recover the original, asked for a
When closing out of Excel, it asked me if I wanted to save my changes...I
said Cancel, rethought the scenario, and saved to my Desktop.
On re-opening the attachement, I discovered none of my changes HAD been
saved (they were in the one on my Desktop).
So, when I make interim changes on attachments, they don't actually affect
the original (the attachement); however, when I make interim saves on "normal
files" (those saved in a folder other than a temporary), the changes are IN
Can I please have a lucid technical description of what's going on with the
'temp file' in these two scenarios. How was I able to make a dozen saves and
THEN "rename" or "redirect" an attached file such that the original was never
affected by any of the edits--yet interim changes to files on a server/HD are
part of the file as soon as I click Save...