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  • I’m really hoping someone can help with this.

    I was almost done with a post and accidentally deleted a massive chunk of it (CTRL-X…don’t ask), before I realized what happened, WP automatically saved a draft with the chunk missing and “Undo” when I right-click didn’t bring back the text. I have not actually ever pressed the “Save Draft” button. They’ve all been auto saved.

    Question is: can I recall a version of an auto-saved draft…one that WP saved automatically with me pressing anything? There are no “post revisions” listed for this post yet, as it hasn’t been officially saved as a draft or otherwise. Seems like these auto-saves should be somewhere.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks so much.

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  • If the auto save is there it will be listed in the Posts Revisions section, by default near the bottom of the edit single post page. If you don’t see that section, open up Screen Options in the upper right corner and activate it.

    To delete these pages you need to use a MySQL front end, go to the posts table, sort on post_status and all the auto-drafts will come to the top for ease of deletion. Seems to be a WP core problem – every time I login or switch to the dashboard page an auto draft is created unless there is one in the posts table already. Search Unleashed finds them, which is a further embarrassment, and duplicates can be created.

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