By a weird coincidence, I discovered a solution to a problem via a blog at the same time I was wrestling with it. I accidentally deleted a document that I was working on which sent me into a conniption fit about having to recreate it entirely. However, a blog post from Crooked Timber popped up at the same time which solved all of my problems. If you have Google Desktop installed on your system (if you don’t, you should), you can find historical version of your documents in its local cache. You lose all of the formatting of the document, but at least get the text of the document. It also lets you see how that document has changed over time. Really cool and a life saver if you lose something important.