Recover unsaved Word Documents

How to Recover Unsaved Microsoft Word Documents

There nothing more frustrating than when suddenly your computer turns of your you Word crashes After spending hours of work it without saving. Sometimes you get so enthralled in your typing (it happens to the best of us!) and you forget to do the most important thing and that is to save your document on a regular intervals. In this article we will discuss how to recover unsaved word documents.

There’s still a chance you could recover you unsaved Word documents. Newer versions of Microsoft Word such as Word 2013 and 2016 periodically saves your work for you on a temporary basis. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to save. It just means that if something goes wrong, then Word may be able to recover some (if not all) of your lost work! There’s no guaranteed way to recover an unsaved Word document, there are several steps you can take to possibly salvage at least part of the file you so desperately need. 

Heres How it can be done:

  • Open Microsoft Word and start a new document
  • Now depending on how recent this restart was you may get a prompt on the left hand side of the screen about recovering lost documents. All you need to do is click on a document and it’ll open up!

If however this prompt doesn’t come up then, we can still check to see if your work is recoverable.

  • Click on File in the top left corner
  • Then click on the Open option on the left hand side
  • You should now be at a screen similar to the one below.
  • Now click on “Recover Unsaved Documents” at the bottom of the screen (highlighted in red).
  • This will open up the temporary save files Word has stored. There is a chance that the recoverable file you are after is located here.
  • Theres a chance that there will be multiple files in the folder. If you’re not sure which is which, simply open them one by one to check. Opening the files won’t make them go away.

If unfortunately your work isn’t in there then it’s most likely gone and will not be recoverable. This just outlines the importance of saving your work! You work too hard to have your time and effort wasted simply because of a mis-click or a power failure. A simple keyboard shortcut CTRL + S (for windows) or CMD + S (for Macs) will save your work. A second spent saving your work is a second spent saving you hours of having to re-type if something goes wrong!

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