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How to Recover an Unsaved Microsoft Word Document in Seconds

Gavin Phillips Updated 05-12-2019

The consensus is that most computer mishaps occur because of carelessness and an itchy trigger-happy finger. And when it comes to Microsoft Office, the lesson to save early and save automatically should be taught early.

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Even with the right MS Office file saving etiquette in place, at times, documents disappear from the screen before you can hit the save button. If you suffer a Window blue screen, or even if your local power cuts out, your work will disappear from the screen.

Thankfully, a little Microsoft Office 2010 feature lets you almost instantaneously recover your lost document. Here’s how.

Bring Back Your Microsoft Office 2010 Draft

Here is my open Microsoft Word document that is going go through some deliberate steps to demonstrate the “life-saving” feature that is present in Microsoft Office 2010.

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1. Recover Your Microsoft Office 2010 Unsaved Document

If you close your Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file unwittingly, quickly open the Microsoft Office program again and create a new document. Go to File > Info > Manage Versions.

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In Word 2010, click on the little dropdown and select Recover Unsaved Documents. In Excel 2010, click on Recover Unsaved Workbooks, and in PowerPoint, select Recover Unsaved Presentations.

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Microsoft Word opens the location where a copy of the draft resides.

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2. Save Draft As…

Now, select the draft and open it in a new Microsoft Word (or Excel or PowerPoint) document. Once your data recovers, select Save As, enter a document name and save it. Microsoft Office keeps copies of unsaved drafts for four days. After that time, the draft is deleted automatically.

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While opening the recovered unsaved document, you can also make use of the Open and Repair feature. Open and Repair troubleshoots documents that have become corrupted or damaged in the process.

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3. Manually Open Saved Drafts in Microsoft Office 2010

If the recovery draft doesn’t appear automatically, you can browse to the following locations and search manually. The location depends on the Windows version you are using.

  • Windows 7 onwards: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\<Application_Name>
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\<App Name>

Microsoft Office automatically saves drafts. The AutoRecover option kicks in after 10 minutes. You can easily change the AutoRecover interval to a higher frequency to give you better peace of mind. Head to File > Options > Save. Check the existing AutoRecover period and reduce it accordingly.

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Remember that AutoRecover is a lifesaver at times, but it is no substitute for good file saving habits. That means save often and save to more than one location where possible.

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Bring Back Your Microsoft Office 2019 Draft

Modern versions of Microsoft Office do most of the document recovery legwork for you. Not that Microsoft Office 2010 made document recovery difficult. But since Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office Document Recovery returns your drafts automatically the next time you start an Office program.

1. Microsoft Office 2019 Document AutoRecovery

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The first thing to do is to open the Microsoft Office program you were using. Once it opens, you’ll meet the Microsoft Office Document Recovery panel. The Document Recovery panel lists the unsaved files that were in use before the system crash.

Select the files you want to recover from the list, then save the documents you want to keep.

2. Microsoft Office 2019 Manual Document Recovery

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There is a second Microsoft Office 2019 document recovery method. If the automatic recovery option doesn’t work, you can attempt to recover your work manually.

Open the Microsoft Office program you were using, then open a new document. Head to File > Info, then select Manage Document > Recover Unsaved Documents. Browse through the Microsoft Office autosave files and find your lost document, then select Open. Once open, make sure to save your file.

3. Search Windows for .asd or .wbk Files

microsoft office draft file extension search options

If for some reason the default AutoRecover location is empty, you can always attempt to search your system for the Microsoft Office draft file extensions. Microsoft Office autosaved files typically use the .asd or .wbk file extension.

Press Windows Key + E to open File Explorer. In the top-right search box, input “*.asd OR *.wbk“, without the quotation marks. Please note that “OR” is part of the search function.

Customize Microsoft Office 2019 AutoRecover Settings

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If you are fortunate enough to retrieve the unsaved Word document, you should now take steps to make sure it never happens again. And if you didn’t recover the document, you should also move to protect your future work efforts.

While AutoRecover will save your work, the default option is to automatically save every 10 minutes. Even if you work at a slower pace, 10 minutes is an epoch when it comes to computer work.

Head to File > Options > Save and reduce the default AutoRecover time. Also, tick Keep the last AutoRecovered version if I close without saving. That option helps to recover your work if you accidentally close Microsoft Office without saving.

AutoRecover Is Your Friend

AutoRecover is a feature to rely on. More often than not, it will help save you from all that can go wrong while working on a long document.

Microsoft Office 2010 made it slightly easier to get back an unsaved document than the earlier versions of Office. Microsoft Office 2019 streamlines that process further. If you are still on Microsoft Office 2007, check out how you can use AutoRecover to come to your rescue.

Of course, Microsoft Office cannot always stop the loss of an important document. At times, you need to dig deeper into your storage in the hope the lost file still exists. If that sounds like you, check out the best free data recovery tools for Windows The Best Free Data Recovery Tools for Windows Data loss can strike at any time. We will highlight the best free data recovery tools for Windows to help get your precious files back. Read More .

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  1. Robert John Slezak
    December 1, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you so much for the information on recovering unsaved Word doc.

  2. K.C.
    February 10, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Nice :)
    Saved me a huge headache and a lot of time.
    Thanks!

  3. Pastora Kate
    February 6, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My tears are now of joy!!!! May God bless you abundantly!!!

  4. Peggy
    September 7, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I was not aware of this trick but I have learned a trick or two myself - instead of panicking I did a search for how to recover an unsaved file. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Though your directions were for MS 2010, they worked with Office 2016. I'll go save that document now . . .

    • Saikat Basu
      September 9, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Oh yes, it still works! :)

  5. izzi
    September 5, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    thank you so very much! it just saved me from a massive headache.

  6. Myra
    August 30, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Thank you

  7. Sahar
    August 1, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Thank you so much! This just saved me in a huge way!

  8. Chrystin
    July 20, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I knew about this and was hoping to find a trick for when Word tells you that there are no files. It appears that in order for this to work you must have saved the document at least once. The program is looking for a name of a file to open.

  9. MAM
    June 19, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Thank you! This was very helpful. I had been working on an Operator's Manual for 2 wks. w/o shutting off the program. I continued to see the program make a save every 15 min. I then ran into a situation where I had made changes and wanted to go back to the original document, reverse the changes. For some reason the changes were not reverting back to the original document. I made a conscience decision to shut down the program w/o saving changes. When I reopened the manual, the manual was from 2 wks. prior. I just about died. I was able to recover my document through your directions. Thank you so much.
    MAM Jun'17

  10. bella
    June 7, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Totally useful. Thanks a lot

  11. G. R. Mallya
    May 26, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Superb ! The steps advised save me hours of unsaved work. Thanks a ton.

    Kudos to developers of Word for providing for these situations.

  12. Znalac
    May 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Saikat Basu I wish you all the goods and love in life, you just made mine a happier one. Enjoy!
    Thank you to the moon and back!

  13. Kit
    April 22, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, saviour!

  14. Isdore
    March 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Thank you very much for this post. I thought I will never get the unsaved document again after accidentally clicking 'don't save'. This is a great post!

    • Saikat Basu
      March 27, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Glad it helped, Isdore.

  15. Ariel Balter
    March 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks! Saved my day.

  16. Susan Rand
    March 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Unfortunately, my Windows 10 tells me there are no unsaved files. I just worked on this draft today, so it should appear in unsaved files.

  17. Sam Leonard
    March 5, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Thank you so much for this!

  18. Steven Zwillinger
    February 13, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Thank you
    Saved me several hours of recreating work.

  19. Fatima
    January 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUVH YOURE THE BEST

  20. Mayank Rai
    January 3, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Thanks

  21. Erin C
    December 31, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you so very much...May God bless you in many ways!!!!!

    • Saikat Basu
      January 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      I will take that! Even if it's just for writing a simple article. Thank you, kind sir. And may you have a great 2017 too.

  22. Cybershield
    November 24, 2016 at 1:59 am

    You can also open the *.asd files with MS Word, it will ask how do you want to open this document and select MS Word. Then all of the unsaved files will show up to the left under "Document Recovery" in a column "Available Files".

    I had about 12 open documents and all are recovered fine.

    If you are like me, and have so many documents open at the same time with about 30 Internet tabs open, start using products like OneNote. There's a free app similar to OneNote to use but regardless of crashing, I never lose my data with OneNote. Just back it up

    • Saikat Basu
      November 30, 2016 at 6:44 am

      Many modern app are building this in. There's an editor called Write. And then there's Google Docs of course.

  23. Dorothy
    November 15, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    THank you so much for this post. I was distraught over losing a file that I accidently did not save. It was impossible to recreate it or remember what I wrote. I found this post and followed the directions and after a few tries, VOILA!, I was able to retrieve the file. Whew!Thank you.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 22, 2016 at 5:56 am

      I am always happy to see the effectiveness of this simple post. Thanks for the comment Dorothy.

  24. Dena
    November 14, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    THANK YOU!!!

  25. Kimberley Johnson
    November 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you so much! Working on large school project, thought I lost a large part of it.

  26. kRISTEN
    October 12, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I CANNOT FIND THE INFO TAB IN MICROSOFT WORD HELPPP?

  27. cheree
    September 27, 2016 at 8:44 am

    THANK YoU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!!! YOU saved me
    !!!!

  28. jupitersmoonlanding
    August 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    omg annalee851014 you save lives
    thank you :')

  29. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Take a deep breath. Everything’s going to be ok.
    Open Finder.
    Mouse up to the main menu bar and select Go.
    Hold down Option on your keyboard and select Library from the drop-down menu when it appears.
    In the finder window, browse to Library > Containers > com.microsoft.Powerpoint > Data > Library > Preferences > AutoRecovery
    Select the file you’re looking to recover and rename with a .ppt extension.
    Move the file to the desktop, or another handy location.
    Reopen, and pick up where you left off.
    Maybe you can try uFlysoft Data Recovery for Mac, it can recover LOST DATA on Mac only in three steps:
    Step 1. Launch the software to scan the device where your files deleted
    Step 2: Preview the scan result files and make mark if it is the one you find
    Step 3: Recover files

    • Saikat Basu
      July 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Taking a deep breath always works :)

      Thanks Anna Lee.

  30. Anne
    July 9, 2016 at 8:10 am

    My document just seems to be lost for ever :'(

  31. Joanne
    July 6, 2016 at 12:21 am

    A lifesaver! Thank you!!!

  32. Anonymous
    July 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I am using MS Word for Mac. I am not able to access the "info" from my file to get access to the "manage version."

  33. confidential
    June 16, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I will love you for this forever.
    Sometimes life gets really down and when you search through the internet you just trawl through it for ages, you are a life saver...
    ...I never believed in God, but I am guessing that you are him

  34. fahd
    June 9, 2016 at 11:03 am

    it didnt work, i am told there is no file

    • Saikat Basu
      June 12, 2016 at 6:05 am

      Tweak your auto-save interval. Your Word might have crashed before auto-save set in.

  35. Gt
    May 22, 2016 at 6:24 am

    thankssssssss alot!

  36. Pete
    May 2, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Thank you to the power of infinity

  37. kim
    April 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    You Saved My A$$!!!! THANK YOU!

  38. Joshua D Lagarde
    March 27, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I need help locating my document. Following these steps I was still unable to acquire them! PLEASE HELP

  39. EditorSEM
    March 17, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I was actually aware of this... in fact, I have a shortcut to this folder on my desktop because Word crashes So. Darn. Much.

    Today, however, the strangest thing happened.

    I had 4 documents open--not unusual...One was a log in which I was charting the work I'd done, one was the active document, and the other two were documents I was having to pull other data from. I'd been going along with my work, saving frequently because Word has been particularly tricky lately and I didn't want to lose anything *again* when BAM, out of nowhere, Word hung trying to call one of my AutoText entries. Normally when this happens, it restarts all of the documents and gives me a full list of Document Recovery options. Not this time.

    The only window that closed and restarted was my active document. And because the whole program didn't restart, I wasn't given Document Recovery options at all. Not cool, Word. Not cool. But okay, fine. I clicked over to my desktop and found the shortcut to this folder, complete with 10 versions of the document from this morning (like I said, I was saving often). I opened the most recent one and had still lost about 170 words. Frustrating, but not devastating. I went on with my work, closed out all the documents, and as I closed the final one, I got a notice that I had some unsaved recovery documents I could either save or delete.

    How interesting.

    I told it to save, closed Word, and then reopened it. Lo and behold, there was my document with a more recent time stamp for 'created during autorecovery'. And wouldn't you know, it had those missing 170 words in it.

    I still can't find where that particular file is on my system, though. It's not in this folder, that's for sure. This folder was nothing but a shortcut to the last time I saved the file myself.

  40. Jonah
    March 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    you saved my life

  41. fatima noor
    February 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    thank youuu so much. you guys made my day. and saved me from working all over again

  42. Roshan Zaid
    January 30, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Thank you soooo much!!!! :*

  43. Danielle
    January 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Awesome! I got distracted by a co-worker while working on something for my supervisor and I closed the document before saving it. Thanks to your directions I was able to recover document! You saved me an hour of retyping and formating!

    • Saikat Basu
      January 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      This post is definitely earning its money and what you have described above is a very very common scenario. Probably, next to getting up and going to the water cooler.

  44. Dale Post
    December 16, 2015 at 12:32 am

    This one didn't help, because although I had saved the file just b/4 closing out, it was all messed up with things missing when I re-opened the document. I was hoping this tool would help me recover an older "autosave" version. Oh well.

    • Saikat Basu
      December 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Maybe, your auto-save interval needs a bit of tweaking.

  45. Mohemos
    December 14, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Thank you so much!!!!!! You just saved me a huge headache.

  46. justin
    December 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    not there... i've been working on a midterm assignment and left it open over night. the next morning it was gone. I seen it auto saving so i wasnt realy worried about it. Of course its gone and no trace of it anywhere...

    windows 10

    • Belle
      January 10, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      had the same issue :(. not there either

    • David Hepburn
      January 22, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Same here. It's disappeared down the Swannee

  47. Kirstine
    December 8, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Thank you for this!!!
    You helped me retain my dignity at work, I almost cried when realising I'd hit the "Don't Save" ;)

  48. casey
    December 1, 2015 at 1:49 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU LITERALLY SAVED ME AND MY HISTORY HOMEWORK :)

  49. Anonymous
    November 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Good Lord I thought I lost the last 3 freaking hours after an accidental delete without saving

    FYI Those with Word 2013 just go to Info on a blank document and click "manage Versions"

    which is the third square box on the left side. Wow!

  50. Anonymous
    October 13, 2015 at 2:33 am

    You are a lifesaver thank you SO MUCH

  51. Anonymous
    September 26, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Another method:
    1. go to the search bar in your folders
    2. type in "%appdata%"
    3. click on "microsoft"
    4. Click on "word"
    5 go to every document on this file to try to find your unsaved document

    • Anonymous
      October 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      This is outstanding. Thank you.

      (FYI - I find that with Word 2016, within the "%AppData%\Word" folder are subfolders corresponding to different documents I had been working on. This helps to distinguish between files with similar names.)

    • Anonymous
      November 24, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Very helpful! thank you very much.

    • Tes
      December 22, 2015 at 7:16 am

      You are a life saver, thank you.

    • faiz
      July 19, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      THANKKKK GODDDD YOU'RE MY LIFESAVER!!!

    • natalie
      June 12, 2017 at 1:19 am

      oh my god thank you so much the other methods weren't working for me

  52. Anonymous
    September 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you so much! That just saved my debate 1AC!!!!!

  53. Anonymous
    July 22, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    THANKS DUDEEEEEEEE!!!!! XXX <3

  54. Anonymous
    June 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    holy crap !! thank you freaking so much it really save my report !!! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious :))

  55. Anonymous
    June 29, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Hi!!! Thanks a lot!! Iwas doing a work for my Master degree...I was about finish and Word got freeze!! I did recovered my last..last progress of my work,

  56. Anonymous
    June 24, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
    Dude, you have saved my company a monitor, keyboard, chair, and a few stitches! Thanks for the one thing I couldn't find online right away about recovering an unsaved file!!
    MANY THANKS and a Beer on me if your ever in Louisville!

    • Saikat Basu
      June 25, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Quick frankly one of the best comments I have read in some time. That could be the beer :)

  57. Anonymous
    June 23, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Didn't work. Any other suggestions?

  58. Shelley
    May 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    thank you so much - you saved my sanity today!

  59. H
    May 11, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    OMG this just saved my life!! All my exam notes gone with a click of a button and back within the hour. Phew!!!!!

  60. Phil
    May 6, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Saikat, thanks so much. I found my unsaved document finally using C:UsersAppDataRoamingMicrosoft .

  61. Marc
    May 4, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    My turn! Thanks so much. I was just one page, but now I will remember. And I bookmarked this web page.

    Cheers!
    M.

    • Saikat
      May 5, 2015 at 3:01 am

      Thanks Marc. Glad it helped.

  62. Olaf Burch
    April 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Definitely will work to recover an unsaved MS Word 2010 document. But if I face the same problem in higher or below version of MS Word then there will be any recovery option available to sort out this problem. I faced inaccessible Word document problem in Microsoft Word 2003 and follow this http://www.mytechlogy.com/IT-blogs/7045/how-to-open-inaccessible-document-in-microsoft-word-2003 to access my corrupted file. If you know any others please suggest me.

  63. jobyk
    April 10, 2015 at 11:25 am

    wow, this was so helpful! Thank u for putting this out there! I couldn't get the manage version option but I found the file through the user/app data option. You saved me!

  64. Pratima
    April 10, 2015 at 4:18 am

    I was sent a word doc by mail. when I opened it I noticed it said read only, but word allowed me to make edits. In the meantime my computer froze and I had to completely power down. Si is there any way for me to recover those edits? I don't see any files with the recovered unsaved documents button...

    • Saikat
      April 10, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      If you don't see the files, then unfortunately no. Probably, the auto-save didn't have time to kick in before the computer shut down.

  65. JFisher
    March 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    "Was the “Keep the last autosaved version” check box selected?"

    Yes

  66. JFisher
    March 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I have tried and tested this 8 ways from Sunday... and still have yet to find a recovered document or any previous versions of the document I started with. Using Word 2010 .

    I set auto save timer to 1 min, began typing, minimized for several minutes, typed a few more lines, repeat for a good 15 minutes. Close doc, answer no to saving. Open Word, no trace of the draft I started with.

    Is there some other mystical procedure required to trigger the autosave feature? What am I missing here?

    • Saikat
      March 26, 2015 at 5:26 am

      Was the "Keep the last autosaved version" check box selected?

  67. Primvon
    March 25, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    THANKS A TON MY SAVIOR
    YOU CAN FREELY USE MY BODY
    to be your pillow, cushion or something
    THANKS A LOT

  68. Melissa
    March 18, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    This just saved me from losing a days worth of work. Thank you so much! So much love for you right now

  69. elizabeth
    March 17, 2015 at 4:48 am

    i kind of love you right now. thanks a billion :-)!

  70. Princess Williams
    March 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!! I CAN KISS YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

  71. lillian
    February 26, 2015 at 12:54 am

    bless your soul this worked for me! i though i lost everything, highly appreciate it.

  72. funmi
    February 24, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Hhmmm
    Glad to see I am not alone.
    I almost cried when it happened to me today.
    A legal opinion I sent hours editing and writing wasn't saved cos I thought I had saved it earlier.
    I was literally sweating and opening anything that looked similar to it but nope! It was gone.
    However thanks to google I got s solution.
    So relieved.
    But isn't four days a bit small.
    What if you don't discover it until later?

    • Saikat
      February 25, 2015 at 4:21 am

      The way to avoid those tears is to just get into a habit of saving those documents! Isn't it. But then this article wouldn't have got so many clicks :)

      Four days is quite a lot in my opinion. Usually, when we don't save a document it stays on the top of our minds. Doesn't it.

  73. X
    February 21, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Thank You! It Works!

  74. Shark
    February 20, 2015 at 1:33 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH I WAS TYPING A PAPER AND ACCIDENTILY PRESSED CTRL INSTEAD OF SHIFT AND THEN PRESSED W AND I WAS LIKE FOCK IM SCREWD

  75. Jeremy
    February 19, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Thank you so much.

  76. Elle
    February 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Wow, thank you--you just saved me an hour's worth of work!

  77. hc
    February 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    There's a place for you in heaven broth.

  78. manny
    January 30, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    i mistakenly clicked the don't save bottom on work i have done for hours. it has no file name. I'm using a MAC
    Any help?

    • Saikat
      January 31, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      The process is similar. I am unsure about the exact path in a Mac.

  79. manny
    January 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    i mistakenly clicked the don't save bottom on work i have done for hours. it has no file name.
    Any help?

  80. Leon
    January 25, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    thanks so much. saved my life. accidentally exit word without saving the exam notes i prepared for hours.

    • Saikat
      January 26, 2015 at 6:51 am

      You are welcome Leon. There are some tips that are must-haves in our emergency toolkit. This is one of them.

  81. Bill M
    January 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    This is such a life- and time-saver! Thanks. The process was soooooooo simple in Word 2010.
    Bill

    • Saikat
      January 16, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Thanks Bill. The little features that help us BIG are the best :)

  82. Bella
    January 15, 2015 at 8:01 am

    THANKS!!!!!! You are a life saver

    • Saikat
      January 15, 2015 at 8:27 am

      It's nearly four years since I wrote this. Since then, I have got married and have had more experiences! Glad to know it's still helping out our readers :)

  83. Iraj Pourali
    January 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Excellent ; Many Many Many thanks

  84. Shai
    January 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks,
    Its help me so much

  85. david
    December 12, 2014 at 2:33 am

    thank you so much you are a saviour man i thought i lost all my hours of work

  86. Smiles_across_miles
    September 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    When i click Recover Unsaved Documents the folder of unsaved files opens ut its empty....my required document is not in there...=(

    • Saikat Basu
      September 15, 2011 at 6:54 am

      It's not a hidden file but just try refreshing the folder. You can try searching for the file using Windows Search. Follow the steps mentioned here on this Support article.

  87. Paul D Pruitt
    July 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Erin,

    Try using Chrome or FireFox and then install Lazarus: http://lazarus.interclue.com/.  You need to keep the installation up to date.

    I also know with Chrome if you shut down a tab with text in it you can right click on any remaining tab and choose "Reopen closed tab" and the closed tab, say of Facebook, should reappear with your typed text still there...

  88. Erin Thornton
    July 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    so anyone know what to do if you are writing on a website such as faceebook and accidently closed it?

    • Tina
      July 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Erin,

      I'm afraid if your browser is not set to automatically temp-save these entries for you, then you can not do anything once the text is gone.

      This would be a question for MakeUseOf Answers [no longer available] and I think you did submit it and I couldn't publish it.

      If you would like to know how to set up your browser so that this won't ever happen to you (again), feel free to post a new question and do include which operating system and browser, including which versions, you are using.

    • JFisher
      March 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Never start a long post in any browser based editor... always type the desired post in something as simple as Notepad...when finished, copy paste.

    • JFisher
      March 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      I have tried and tested this 8 ways from Sunday... and still have yet to find a recovered document or any previous versions of the document I started with. Using Word 2010 .

      I set auto save timer to 1 min, began typing, minimized for several minutes, typed a few more lines, repeat for a good 15 minutes. Close doc, answer no to saving. Open Word, no trace of the draft I started with.

      Is there some other mystical procedure required to trigger the autosave feature? What am I missing here?

  89. Txchief
    June 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

    anything like this in Mac 2011 version

  90. Ankur
    June 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    thats a useful share 

  91. Pedro Parkero
    June 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    "Manage versions"? You mean Word 2010 can track changes in the document and save the in different autorecover files? That's cool if ever I mistakenly overwrite a file...

    • Saikat Basu
      June 20, 2011 at 6:26 am

      True. You can manage different versions of the document and also get to
      compare different auto saved versions. You can review different
      versions, delete or recover previous auto saved versions. You can literally use it to track all the changes made to the document while editing.

    • ryan
      May 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      I checked recover unsaved files, thrash bin and i havent had any luck

    • ryan
      May 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      i need help i havent had any luck on anything including recover unsafed files and trash bin

    • Saikat
      May 18, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Maybe, Word couldn't autosave the document before the program closed. The default is 10 minutes and it just seems a bit too long to me. Personally, taking my typing speed into consideration, I set it at 5 min.

  92. Socrtwo
    June 18, 2011 at 3:28 am

    It's only Word 2010 not Word 2007 or 2003.

  93. Priyanka Bhowmick
    June 18, 2011 at 3:20 am

    nice but I can't see the 'File' option in Word. 

    • Roozbeh
      June 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

      On Word 2007 you can click on the MS Office logo on top right position of the screen instead of File tab on MS 2010. 

  94. Socrtwo
    June 18, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Wow, nice work.  Didn't know about recovering unsaved documents is now a feature in MS Office and it's my business to know about data recovery from MS Office.

    • Saikat Basu
      June 18, 2011 at 5:03 am

      Well, it was possible in 2007 too but in a more roundabout way. 2010 has made the process a lot easier. Both depend on the Auto Recover function.