Recover Unsaved Word Document

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  1. Did you forget to save this document? Try these tips to get it
  2. Restore a document in Word 2016 and Word 2013
  3. Using the Recover Unsaved Word Documents Feature
  4. Using Word to find a backup
  5. Using Windows Explorer
  6. Recover a document in Word 2010 and Word 2007
  7. Find backup files from Word
  8. “Force” Word to Search Files for Automatic Recovery
  9. Prevent future disasters with autosave and autosave
  10. Recover Document in Word Online
  11. Restore document in Word for Mac
  12. Recover Document Using Third-Party Applications

Did you forget to save this document? Try these tips to get it

Few things create the same level of panic and anxiety as realizing that you’ve closed or otherwise lost a Word document without saving it. While there is no guaranteed way to recover an unsaved Word document, there are a few steps you can take to salvage at least part of the file you so desperately need.

The steps that can help you recover a lost Word document depend on the version of Word you are using and possibly the version of Windows you are using.

Restore a document in Word 2016 and Word 2013

For both Word 2016 and Word 2013, you have different methods that can lead to recovering your Word document. Each method can be completed quickly, making it easy to search for multiple files.

Using the Recover Unsaved Word Documents Feature

  1. walk Word .

  2. Go to the tab File and choose Document management .

  3. Press the button Document management .

  4. Select Recover unsaved documents in the drop-down list. A dialog box will open Open with a list of unsaved Word documents that you can recover.

  5. Select the Word document you want to recover and then select Open . Now save the recovered document.

If this doesn’t fix the missing Word file, keep trying to find and save it.

Using Word to find a backup

  1. Go to menu File and select Open .

  2. Select Overview .

  3. Navigate to the location where you saved a version of the document.

  4. Look for a file called “Backup of” and the name of the missing file, or look for files with the extension “.wbk”.

  5. Open any possible backup files you find.

Using Windows Explorer

Click Windows key + E to open Windows Explorer if you can’t find the file.

Navigate to the following locations in Windows Explorer:

  • C:Users\AppDataLocalMicrosoftWord
  • C:Users\AppDataLocalTemp
  • C:Users\AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWord

Look for recovered or temporary files that may be your lost Word document.

Recover a document in Word 2010 and Word 2007

In Word 2010 and Word 2007, you can search your computer for a missing document:

Go to menu Get started and then enter all or part of the file name in the field Search and find the file. Double click on a result in the list File .

Find backup files from Word

walk Word and go to the tab File if you are using Word 2010; select Microsoft Office Button when using Word 2007.

  1. Select All files in the File type list.

  2. Locate the backup files and select Open to see if any of them is the unsaved Word document you are trying to recover.

You can also search your computer for .wbk files, which are backup versions of Microsoft Word documents:

Go to menu Get started and use the search box to look for “.wbk” files. Open any .wbk files to determine which Word document you are still missing.

“Force” Word to Search Files for Automatic Recovery

Open task management by right-clicking on an empty space on the taskbar and task management .

  1. Go to the tab Processes .

  2. Choose an instance Microsoft Word or winword.exe .

  3. Repeat until all instances of Word are closed.

  4. close to task management and walk Word . Panel Document recovery opens when Word finds auto repair files. Double-click the file in the panel to open it and immediately save it to a safe location on your computer.

Find temporary files that can help if you downloaded a Word document via email or online:

Go to menu Get started and use the field Search for search. tmp files. Select Other on the toolbar Show only and look for files that may be your missing document.

Prevent future disasters with autosave and autosave

To save yourself the stress, worry, and time of trying to recover an unsaved Word document in the future, take action now to prevent it from happening again.

If you have an Office 365 subscription, you can use AutoSave to save changes to your documents in real time. Autosave is turned on when a file is saved to OneDrive or SharePoint. Every few seconds, Word automatically saves all changes to the cloud.

To make sure autosave is enabled, look for: auto save toggle button in the upper-left corner of the Microsoft Word window.

If you’re not an Office 365 subscriber, you can enable automatic restore to automatically save changes to a file at a specific time interval:

  1. Go to the tab File and select parameters: .

  2. Select Save on the left side of the window Word options .

  3. Check box Automatically save recovery information every X minutes and enter a number in the minutes field, such as 5 or 10.

  4. Also tick the box Keep last auto-recovered version if I exit without saving . This will allow you to recover the most recent AutoRecovered version, which may not be the full version of Word, but is probably better than no document at all.

  5. You can also change where your AutoRecover files are saved if you want them to be saved in a different folder. Press the button Overview Near Location of automatic file recovery and navigate to the location on your computer where you want to save them.

  6. Select Okay to save any changes made to Word options.

Recover Document in Word Online

If you’re creating documents with Word Online, you’re in luck. You may notice that the buttons Save New; this is because any changes you make to the document are saved automatically.

Restore document in Word for Mac

Automatic repair is enabled by default in Word for Mac. If your computer shuts down unexpectedly before you save the Word document, you will be prompted to open the recovered file. Otherwise, you may find the file in the AutoRecover folder.

In Word for Mac 2016, you must first show hidden files. By doing this, you can search for the lost document.

Just opened Finder click the icon House in the left column and go to the “ Library/Containers/com.microsoft.Word/Data/Library/Settings/Auto Save “. All documents saved by AutoRecover are listed here.

In Word for Mac 2011, you can check the file in Word:

  1. Select File in the menu bar and click on Open .

  2. Type “Auto Recovery” in the search box.

  3. Double click on the last saved AutoRecover file.

  4. Click on file and then click on Open . If the file is gray, select All files on the menu To turn on and then click the file.

Recover Document Using Third-Party Applications

If you are unable to recover an unsaved Word document using any of these methods, you can try a third-party application. However, Microsoft does not warrant or support the reliability or performance of any third-party tools that claim to recover deleted or unsaved Word documents.

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