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Locate File Location to Fix "I saved a word document and can't find it" You can find the Word document by searching or using Windows File Explorer to locate your files. Input file name in the search box...Full steps
How to Recover Lost/Deleted Word Documents If you can't find the Word document or it's lost or deleted by accident, don't worry, use EaseUS data recovery to get back lost Word documents in simple clicks...Full steps
How to Recover Unsaved Word Documents If you don't know to restore unsaved Word documents. Here are the 2 effective ways you can try: use Temp files or apply AutoRecover...Full steps

Can't Find A Word File I Saved?

"I just saved and closed a word document but I can't find it anywhere and I really need it! I closed A word document and didn't pay attention to where I saved it and I cannot find it anywhere and I really need it and I don't want to type 4 pages again."

Why you can not find your word document?

  • Do not remember where the word file was saved.
  • Word document gets lost or deleted.
  • The file gets unsaved or corrupted.

To find your data for these three reasons, we have collected a bunch of ways in the body part. Whatever the reason you can not search the file, you can get the answer in this article. Join us to handle "I saved a word document and can't find it".

Locate File Location to Fix I Saved a Word Document and Can't Find It

The easiest way about finding files, as we all know, is to locate your word file location. Seems too simple? But, indeed, a lot of users do not remember where they saved their files when they stored them. And you might have kept data to a path that you do not use very often, or you might have stored documents to a path that’s too long to remember. Fortunately, there are ways to locate your file location.

If you know the filename you just saved, you can find your data by search box.

Step 1. Input file name in the search box. (If you don't know the full name of the file, you can input keyword first, then narrow down your search based on the results.)

Step 2. Check the best match result.

search word file in box

Also, you can use Windows File Explorer to search your files.

Step 1. Run Windows File Explorer.

Step 2. Type file name or keywords on the search box.

Step 3. Wait for the search result to complete.

search files in files explorer

If you can not locate your word files on this PC, it means your files are lost by accident or unsaved by yourself. Go to part 2 and part 3 to learn how to recover lost or deleted files and retrieve unsaved word documents.

How to Recover A Lost/Deleted Word Document

If you can not find your word files from recycle bin, the bad news is you have lost your saved word document due to accidental deletion, computer crashing, hard drive formatting. Make sure you don't overwrite the files and all lost files are recoverable. So it's time to restore with the robust data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get data back.

With this reliable file recovery tool, you can recover deleted files from your laptop/PC, HDD, SSD, SD card, USB drive, flash drive, and memory card.

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Check Video Tutorial to Recover Deleted Files:

Step 1. Choose the Word file location

Choose the drive or a specific folder where you lost Word documents and click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Locate your Word documents

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive. After the scan, click the "Documents" option in the left panel. Choose the target Word file from the scan results. Then, click "Preview".

scan and preview Word document

Step 3. Recover the deleted Word documents

After previewing, select the desired Word files and click "Recover". Remember, save the recovered documents in another location rather than original place. 

select word documents and recover

We have written more files about how to recover deleted files, go to the full guide:

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How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files/Folder in Windows 10

You may "permanently delete" files/folders from hard drives or storage devices by pressing the Shift + Delete buttons, emptying Recycle Bin, or using other deletion methods.

recover permanently deleted files/folders

2 Built-in Functions to Recover Unsaved Word Documents

Stop hopping from page to page to learn how can I recover a word document not saved! Microsoft word has some built-in functions to restore your unsaved document. In this part, we will recommend the two easiest ways.

1 - Using Temp Files to Recover Unsaved Word Documents.

Step 1. Open Microsoft Word, click the File tab on the upper left corner.

file tab

Step 2. Click Info > Manage Document > Recover Unsaved Document.

manage document

Step 3. Check your files from dialog box > Open recovered unsaved file and click Save As button.

save as button min

2 - Apply AutoRecover (If Available)

If you have set AutoRecover before, you can use this function to bring your data back.

Step 1. Open Microsoft Word > Click File tab > Choose Options > Click Save > Copy the AutoRecover file location.

recover word from autorecover

Step 2. Navigate to File Explorer > Paste AutoRecover file path > Copy the .asd file.

recover word from autorecover

Step 3. Open Microsoft Word > Click File tab > Choose Open > Select Recover Unsaved Documents > Paste the copied .asd file in the File name search box.

paste .asd file

Read also: How to recover unsaved Word documents Windows 10

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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