How do you recover an unsaved Word document?


Quick Answer

Use the Recover Unsaved Documents option in Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013 to recover an unsaved file. In Word 2007, use the AutoRecover File Location in the Navigation Pane in Word Options.

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  1. Open Microsoft Word

    Open your version of Microsoft Word from the desktop, Start menu, Windows task bar or Mac dock. Wait for the program to load.

  2. Locate the Recent Documents option

    In Word 2013, click Open from the File menu, and click Recent Documents. In Word 2010, click the File menu, and select Recent. In Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office button, and select Word Options at the bottom of the window.

  3. Recover the unsaved document

    In Word 2013, scroll to the end of the recent documents, and click Recover Unsaved Documents. After you find the document, double-click to open the file, and save it. In Word 2010, click Recover Unsaved Documents from the Recent menu, and search for your file. Double-click to open the file, and save it afterward. In Word 2007, click Save in the Navigation pane within the Word Options menu. In the AutoRecover File Location box, note the file folder, and click Cancel. Close Word, and open the folder you noted. Look for files with the .asd extension. Once you find your file, double-click to open the document, and save the file with a new name.

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