thanks Urchin .... I did get the 'box' asking me what to do ..... I must have been tired and obviously pressed the wrong button. I didn't realise what I'd done until later and then I didn't dare close down, in case it was much harder to retrieve it. Your second option looks interesting, I'm just looking at the Microsoft recovery program.
That looks interesting as well, I have obviously tried the first option the 'search box'.
I downloaded the Microsoft Recovery but I think my computer just couldn't take the amount of recoverable files that it was starting to show .. so it 'stopped responding'. I still looks a great program ... it threw things up I forgot I had.
Anyway things aren't quite so bad ... I remembered this morning that I just might have saved some pages to my external HD ... and I had .... so I've managed to recover all but two pages .... and learnt a valuable lesson.
Glad to hear you've been able to find most of the pages. If you type important data in Word then it's not a bad idea to have the "backup" ticked as a possible safety net. Go to Tools/Options/Save tab/ and tick "Always Create backup Copy".