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Finding Missing Files on Your Computer

Reference Number: KB-00369 Last Updated: 07-29-2014 09:55 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

My plan file was here yesterday, but today it seems to be missing.  Where is the first place I should look for my missing file?


ANSWER

Chief Architect saves files to the location on your computer that you have chosen to save them, the program cannot delete files from your system.


Check your Recycle Bin

  1. Often your "lost" file or files have simply been deleted - either accidentally or intentionally.  Check your Windows Recycle Bin or use another operating system or third party utility to effect recovery.  

    You should check your Recycle Bin immediately, as continued write activity increases the possibility of unrecoverable loss.


Search with Windows Explorer

  1. Open File Explorer by clicking the File Explorer icon on your taskbar.




  2. In the upper right of the Explorer Window there is a Search box. The search will look in all the folders and sub folders in the current location. To pull up only files with the .plan extension type in *.plan



Search with Mac's Spotlight

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon on the right side of Mac's menu bar.


  2. Type in .plan to search for all plan files.



  3. This will display search results from various locations on your computer as well as the internet.

 

Use the Windows Search Function to Find your Files in Windows Vista & 7

  1. Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 both have an indexed search utility. 

    If you cannot remember where you saved your file in Vista or 7 simply click the Windows Start button and type your search in the search box.  



    Try searching for the exact name of your lost file.  If that does not work, or if you are not sure of the exact name, use the following WILD-CARD search.  

    • In Chief Architect X1 and newer versions, type *.plan or *.layout (depending on the type of file that you cannot recall where you saved it to) into the search box.  

      This will populate the search with every single file that ends in either .plan or .layout.  

    • If you do not see the plan you are looking for right away, you might try clicking on the work documents to show you a full list of all .plan files on the hard drive.  

      Chief Architect X1 is not supported on the Windows 7 operating system. 


         


Use the Windows Search Function to Find your Files in Windows XP

  1. Microsoft Windows XP also has a built- in search function.

    If you cannot remember where you saved your file on the computer:

    • Exit all programs that you might have open, including Chief Architect.

    • Click the Windows Start button and select either Find> Files and Folders or Search and then click on All Files and Folders to search your entire hard drive for your drawing.  



    • Try searching for the exact name of your lost file.  If that does not work, or if you are not sure of the exact name, use the following WILD-CARD search.  

      In Chief Architect X1 and newer versions, type *.plan or *.layout (depending on the type of file that you cannot recall where you saved it to) into the All or part of the file name: field.  




Seek Professional Assistance

If you are not able to access your hard drive, or if you are unable to find your missing data, contact a computer professional in your area.  Alternatively, use another computer to search the Internet for a data recovery expert.