Unsaved Word Document Recovery

While working on a Word document, you accidentally closed it without saving. You didn’t realize this and went on to do some other work. Only later did you realize the mistake. But now it’s too late to repent. It is an important document and you cannot afford to lose it.

Well, this is a common mistake everyone does. At times, when your system shuts down suddenly, or the power goes off, even then you lose Word file if you haven’t saved it. Accidents can happen anytime; we need to find a way to get back unsaved Word files. We tell some methods by which you can recover unsaved Word documents.

Method 1: Using AutoRecover option

AutoRecover is an inbuilt feature provided by Microsoft Word, which makes a temporary copy of the Word file. So even when the Word document is closed without been saved, a temporary copy of the file will be available. You can recover your Word document using the AutoRecover option. The default location of the file will be: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\

Method 2: Using AutoSave option

If you were unable to recover unsaved Word document using the first method, then try this out. AutoSave is like AutoRecover, available from Microsoft 2010 version onwards. This option also helps to recover unsaved Word file. Open MS Word, go to File – Info – Manage Versions, and select Recover Unsaved Document option. The default location for this is –

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

This method is just selecting the draft, and opening it with a new MS Word document, and saving it with a proper name. Copies of these unsaved files are kept for four days only after which they get deleted automatically. So if you want to recover an unsaved Word file after four days, then you cannot use this method.

Method 3: File Recovery tool to Restore Unsaved Word document

Yodot File Recovery software is an efficient File recovery software that scans the entire drive deeply to retrieve your unsaved Word files on Windows OS. Even deleted Word docs can be recovered easily by this tool. Apart from Word file, this application also retrieves deleted or lost Excel files, PowerPoint files, Access files, PDF docs, etc., from various storage mediums. This utility looks for the file on the basis of unique file signature.


Guide to Restore Unsaved Word Files –

  • Download Yodot File Recovery software and install it on Windows PC / laptop
  • Launch the tool. Select "Lost File Recovery" option.
  • The software scans and shows all the hard drive logical and physical partitions
  • Select the drive / partition from which files have to be recovered, and click on “Next
  • After scanning process is completed, you can view the recovered Word files using “Preview” option
  • Browse for the destination location to save your recovered Word documents

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