There are search tools for *.DOC files and more. If they are gone then this will be the day you test how good your backup system is.
I started my computer this morning - a Dell laptop - and it looks like it has returned to the original settings. My documents, photos, music folders are gone. Program shortcuts show up in the menus, but when I try to start them they try to reinstall. It was fine last night when I turned it off, and I assume everything is still on the hard drive. Help!