How to Recover Unsaved Word Document


How to recover unsaved Word document files? The Microsoft Word application get crashed and haven’t save the Document? Or accidentally deleted or lost your Word document? Well, do not panic. On this page we will show you the best 5 ways to recover unsaved Word document and recover deleted or lost Word files from computer. Also, as the following guide you can recover unsaved Excel files from computer.

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The first thing you should search for your Word documents and get it back. Click Start  > Search and type the name of your document (or at least a part of it) or simply *.doc(x) to get all your Word documents.

Part 1. How to Recover Unsaved Word Document

While you working and creating a Word document and then it closed accidentally without saving it. This situation will happen overtime, but take a deep breath, you can get your unsaved Word document back. follow the next steps to recover an unsaved Word document by using Microsoft Word (Word 2010, Word 2013, and Word 2016).

Solution 1. Recover Unsaved Word Document from Temporary Files

If you know well the address on your computer, you can go to the url: C:\Users\admin\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles. Or you can follow the next steps to go on:

  • Open a Word document files, and click “File Tab”;
  • Click Info > Manager Versions > the drop-down list;
  • Click “Recover Unsaved Documents“, it will pop-up a window which list all unsaved office files;
  • Select your file and click open button.

Solution 2. Search for AutoRecover Files

You also can search for the Word backup files to recover unsaved Word document. Search for autorecover files, as following steps to know where the document was saved. The next steps we will perform recover Word document files in Microsoft 2016, if you are using other Microsoft version you can get more related solution from Microsoft Support.

  • On the File meun, click Options;
  • In the left navigation pane, click “Save” section;
  • You can change the time of automatically save a recoverable copy. “Save AutoRecover information every N minutes” and click Ok.

Solution 3. Recover Unsaved Word Files with Document Recovery

While the computer suddenly crashed and the Word document files haven’t saved. Re-open the Word Document, the file would appear on the left side of Document Recovery. Double click on the files, you can get the unsaved Word document back.

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Solution 4. Get your Deleted or Lost Word Document from Recycle Bin

What if you accidentally deleted your Word document by clicking “Shift + Deleted”, you can go to the Recycle Bin to retrieve your Word document back.

  • Open your recycle bin on the computer;
  • On the location, find your Word document and right-click on the files, click “Restore” to recover deleted Word document.

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