We rely heavily on autosaves, yet huge chunks of progress and entire versions of documents can be lost when we don’t manually save our work. The good news is, this problem is so common that Microsoft has made it easy to recover unsaved Word documents:
- In MS Word, click the File Tab in the upper left.
2. Click Manage Document and select Recover Unsaved Documents from the drop-down list.
3. Check for your missing file in the dialog box. If it was a recent loss it should appear.
4. Open the recovered Word document and click the Save As button in the top banner.
Recovering Word Documents after a Crash
Recovering Word documents that didn’t save doesn’t always stem from user errors. Whether your system unexpectedly went down or Microsoft Word crashed, Word documents can be recovered if you quickly search for the lost files before other files can take their disk space.
1. When your system comes back online, reopen Microsoft Word. The program automatically recovers unsaved Word documents in most cases.
2. If your document doesn’t appear in the AutoRecover list, click on File, then Options, then Save.
3. Copy the AutoRecover file location filepath and paste it into File Explorer.
4. Open the folder with your document’s name and copy the .asd file with the most recent modification date and time.
5. Return to MS Word, click File, then Open, then scroll to the bottom of the recent documents list and click Recover Unsaved Documents.
6. Paste the copied file into the folder that pops up and open the file to recover it.
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