How to Recover Unsaved Word Document


Microsoft Word is a powerful word processing program that has become an indispensable tool for people at work. Nowadays, whether it is company documents or personal files, most of them are created in Microsoft Word.

When we edit a Microsoft Office Word document, sometimes we forget to save the document, so how can we recover the documents we made before? You can follow the simple step-by-step guides in this article which can help you recover Microsoft Word documents and get back to work immediately.

1. Check Your Recycle Bin

The recycle bin is one of the tools in the Microsoft Windows operating system. It is mainly used to store documents temporarily deleted by users. Files stored in the recycle bin can be restored. Using and managing the recycle bin well and creating a recycle bin full of personalized functions can make our daily document maintenance more convenient.

Double-click the "Recycle Bin" icon or right-click the icon then hit the "Open" button. If you just delete the document by accident, you can find the word document in the "Recycle Bin".

Windows System Recycle Bin

2. Use The Auto Recover Tool

Microsoft Word has an automatic recovery function. The file format of auto-recovery is suffixed with ASD. Microsoft Word provides an "Auto-Restore" tool that helps users retrieve information that was not saved when the program encountered a problem and stopped responding. When you forget to save the file, the document recovery task pane will open, listing all the files that were recovered when the program stopped responding.

Step 1. When you reopen Microsoft Word, in most cases, the program will automatically restore unsaved Word documents. The file should be displayed on the left side of your Microsoft Word window.

Microsoft Word Recovered

Step 2. Choose your unsaved word document and click it. Then you can get your recovered file.

3. Recover from Temporary Files

A temporary file is a file that is created to temporarily store information in order to free memory for other purposes or to act as a safety net to prevent data loss when a program performs certain functions. If you can't find your unsaved document on the "Auto Recover" window, you can recover the document by searching the temporary files.

Step 1. Open Microsoft Word then click on the "File" > "Options" > "Save". Then open the file path of the "AutoRecover file location". Find the unsaved document which is suffixed with ASD.


"You can also set the length of time in between when Word saves AutoRecover data in "Save AutoRecover information every xx minutes" and click the "OK" button."

 Microsoft Word Save AutoRecover file location

Step 2. Return to Microsoft Word, click the "File" > "Open" > "Recover Unsaved Documents". Or you can click the "File" > "Info" > "Manage Document" and select "Recover Unsaved Documents" from the drop-down list to find your unsaved Word document.

Microsoft Word Open Recover Unsaved Documents

Step 3. Choose the unsaved word document in the pop-up window and then click the "Open" button to recover it.

Microsoft Word Recover from Temporary Files

Step 4. Open the recovered Word document and click the "Save As" button in the top banner to save the document.

4. Use The File Recovery Software

Suppose you accidentally delete some important Word documents and you can't find it in the recycle bin. In this situation, many people don't know how to recover the documents. This time if you want to recover the document, you need file recovery software to help you.

There are many recovery programs on the Internet like Acronis Revive, EaseUS, Recoverit and so on; you can choose a suitable one. Here, we take EaseUS as an example to show you how to recover documents with file recovery software.

Step 1. You need to download and install the software first.

Step 2. Choose the Word file location to scan the data.

EaseUS Select the Location

Step 3. After you choose the location, the software will immediately start scanning all the lost data and you will see more and more data displayed in the scan results. After the scan is complete, select "Documents" from the "Filter" drop-down list to find the Word document in the fastest way.

EaseUS Scan Data Filter Document

Step 4. Finally, select the desired documents which you want to recover and click the "Recover" button.

5. Search for Word Backup Files

By default, Microsoft Word will not automatically save a backup copy of the document. Microsoft Word backup file name ends with .wbk extension. If the "Always create backup copy" option is selected, there may be a backup copy of the file.

Microsoft Word Always Create Backup Copy

Step 1. If the document is missing, open the default document location. In the File Name box, type ".wbk" or search for files that start with Backup of and have the extension .wbk.

Step 2. Now you should see the "Microsoft Word Backup Document", or ".wbk" file. Select the file and click "Open".

Microsoft Word Search for Word Backup Files


There are several ways to successfully recover an unsaved Word document. In this post, we have recommended 5 methods on how to recover unsaved Word documents easily. We believe that you can recover the file through these methods quickly. If you have some new ideas on how to recover the unsaved document, please contact us.

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