What version of Windows? You didn't say, and I'm afraid my dog broke my crystal ball. If Windows 7 or 8, you can retrieve a "previous version" via Windows Explorer.
My computer froze and I had to shut it down without going through the normal shut down process. I had saved a wordpad (RTF) file prior to shutting it down. However, after restarting the computer and opening the file, a huge chunk of text was unrecognizable and now looks like this:
N=\'8f\'a8\'a1c\'bc\'a9\'8c\'11cm\'90>D)\b0 ;r\'18\'02 \'02
etc. Is there any way to convert this "code" back to normal text? This happened to a few of my .rtf documents, which are now corrupt. Is there some software or website I can use that will recover the text of the original document? Please help! Thanks in advance.