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Recover Lost/Unsaved Word Documents in Windows 10

2015-04-28 14:44:23 Posted by Jean to File Recovery

Summary:
You got two options to recover lost and unsaved Word documents in Windows 10: do the recovery as Microsoft Office tells you or let EaseUS data recovery software help. Lost word document files due to deletion, formatting, process halting or system errors can all be restored under Windows 10/8/7 now.

You got two options to recover lost and unsaved Word documents in Windows 10. One is to get very familiar with Word processor and do the recovery as Microsoft Office tells you. The other option is to let the best data recovery software help and make office file recovery for you. At the very beginning, we have to warn you ONE IMPORTANT THING - no matter how you manage to get back the document, keep in mind that DON'T write any new data in Windows 10 hard drive as soon as the file died out from the computer screen. 

Before we start out, you're supposed to figure out how the file got lost. Many readers of us once experienced Word documents loss due to not saving, permanent deleting, processor halting, even Windows system errors. Having understood your own situation, you shall actively select one of the following suggestions to regain the Word document.

Option One - Recover Lost Word Documents in Windows 10 with Microsoft Office Support 

Method 1. Recover Lost Word Documents from AutoRecover Files

For Word 2013 Users:

  1. 1. On the File menu, click Open, and then click Recent Documents.
  2. 2. Scroll to the end of all recent documents, and then click Recover Unsaved Documents.
  3. 3. If you find the Word document that you are looking for, double-click it to open it.
  4. 4. Save it immediately.

For Word 2010 Users:

  1. 1. On the File menu, click Recent.
  2. 2. Click Recover Unsaved Documents.
  3. 3. If you find the Word document that you are looking for, double-click it to open it.
  4. 4. Save it immediately.

For Word 2007 Users:

  1. 1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  2. 2. In the Navigation Pane, click Save.
  3. 3. In the AutoRecover file location box, note the path, and then click Cancel.
  4. 4. Close Word.
  5. 5. Open the folder that you noted in step 3.
  6. 6. Look for files whose names end in .asd (AutoRecover files).
  7. 7. If you find the Word document that you are looking for, double-click it to open it.
  8. 8. Save it immediately.

For Word 2003 & 2002 Users:

  1. 1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. 2. Click the File Locations tab, double-click AutoRecover files, note the path, click Cancel, and then click Close.

Note In the Modify Location dialog box, you may have to click the down arrow in the Folder name list to see the whole path to your AutoRecover files.
Close Word.

  1. 3. Locate the AutoRecover file location.
  2. 4. Look for files whose names end in .asd (AutoRecover files).
  3. 5. If you find the Word document that you are looking for, double-click it to open it.
  4. 6. Save it immediately.

Search for .asd Files in All Folders

If you cannot locate an .asd (AutoRecover) file in the location that is identified in the Folder name list, search your whole drive for any .asd files. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. 1. Refer method 1 to perform a search for *.asd files.
  2. 2. Scroll through the files to see the one that you are looking for.
  3. 3. If you are not sure which file is the right one, copy and save all .asd file to a location.
  4. 4. Start Word.
  5. 5. Click File > Open.
  6. 6. Browse to the location that you saved the .asd files, click to select All Files *.* because the .asd files may not be displayed.
  7. 7. Click to open the .asd file one by one.
  8. 8. If you find the missing file, save it immediately.

Method 2. Search for Word Backup Files and Recover Lost Word Documents

For Word 2013 Users:

  1. a. Start Word 2013.
  2. b. Click the File menu, click Open, click Computer, and then click Browse.
  3. c. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
  4. d. In the Files of type list (All Word documents), click All Files. The backup file usually has the name "Backup of" followed by the name of the missing file.
  5. e. Click the backup file, and then click Open.

For Word 2010 Users:

  1. a. Start Word 2010.
  2. b. Click the File menu, and then click Open.
  3. c. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
  4. d. In the Files of type list (All Word documents), click All Files. The backup file usually has the name "Backup of" followed by the name of the missing file.
  5. e. Click the backup file, and then click Open.

For Word 2007 Users:

  1. a. Start Word 2007.
  2. b. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Open.
  3. c. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
  4. d. In the Files of type list, click All Files. The backup file usually has the name "Backup of" followed by the name of the missing file.
  5. e. Click the backup file, and then click Open.

For Word 2002 & 2003 Users:

  1. a. Start Word.
  2. b. On the File menu, click Open.
  3. c. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
  4. d. Point to the arrow in the Files of type box, click All Files *.*. The backup file usually has the name "Backup of" followed by the name of the missing file.
  5. e. Click the backup file, and then click Open.

Search for .wbk Files in All Folders

  1. a. Refer method 1 to perform a search for *.wbk files (backup files).
  2. b. Scroll through the files to see the one that you are looking for.
  3. c. If you are not sure which file is the right one, copy and save the .wbk files to a location.
  4. d. Start Word.
  5. e. Click File > Open.
  6. f. Locate the .wbk files, and then open them one by one.
  7. g. If you find the missing file, save it immediately.

Option Two - Recover Lost Word Documents in Windows 10 with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

No matter which version of Word processor you're using, it's truly complicated to perform the whole recovery process with Microsoft Office guides listed above, let alone your little understanding about .asd files or .wbk Files. However, the best always comes the last. EaseUS file recovery software allows Word users to recover deleted files within three steps. Other data recovery tasks such as Windows undelete, USB recovery or Windows.old restore etc. can all be simply done by this software.  Be relaxed, even computer newbies are very good at applying the tool.

Applicable for Word 2013/2010/2007/2003/2002 Users:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software, select the disk where you want to recover your data and click "Scan" to search for all the lost and existing Word documents.

Recover lost/unsaved word document Windows 10 - select to scan the specific disk

Step 2. A quick scan will start first. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

Recover lost/unsaved word document Windows 10 - run quick scan and deep scan

Step 3. After scan, preview all the listed recoverable Word documents and choose those you want. Finally, click "Recover" button to retrieve them back. Here, you'd better save all the recovered files on a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.

Recover lost/unsaved word document Windows 10

Compare with the complicated operation from Microsoft support, EaseUS data recovery software becomes much easier to handle. The software, as its name suggests, is developed to make people's life easy. With its powerful performance, users are happy to get rid of the annoying IT tricks. Try it out. You shall not miss such charming data recovery software.