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TXT File Recovery - Two Methods to Recover Lost Text Files

Free text recovery software from EaseUS supports to recover lost text files lost due to deleting, formatting, RAW disk, system crash on hard disk drive. Free download this free text recovery software to recover text/txt files for free now.

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Recover Unsaved Notepad Documents

txt file recovery

Step 1. Go to "Start"

Step 2. Under the search bar, Type %AppData%

Step 3. Click "Enter" to direct to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming

Step 4. On the search bar, type the filename of the notepad file, and then you get it back...More items>>

After the quick navigation of TXT file recovery, you can read the following content to learn more. Or, get back lost TXT file with the following steps.

Overview - What Is a TXT File

A TXT file is a standard text document that contains the unformatted text. It is recognized by any text editing or word processing program and can also be processed by most other software programs. TXT files are often created and opened using Microsoft Notepad and Apple TextEdit. 

TXT files are useful for storing information in plain text with no special formatting beyond basic fonts and font styles. The file is commonly used for recording notes, directions, and other similar documents that do not need to appear a certain way.  

There are instances where you lose Notepad (txt) files due to one or more reasons:

  • Accidental deletion
  • Mistaken format
  • OS crash
  • Virus attack and more...

All these incidences demand Notepad file recovery. How to get back the TXT files? There are two ways to retrieve lost .txt files. 

Method 1. Manually Restore TXT Files

If you don't have an auto recover feature, the recovery of inaccessible files demands a bit of technical expertise. You can count on temp files to regain unsaved Notepad (.txt) files.

Step 1: Go to "Start"

Step 2: Under the search bar, Type %AppData%

Step 3: Click "Enter" to direct to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming

Step 4: On the search bar, type filename of the notepad file and then you get it back.

restore txt file manually

You can also recover deleted or lost files this way. But it has a limitation - it is manual-oriented. If you prefer an easier way to recover lost text files, you may refer to Method 2.

Method 2. Recover TXT Files With File Recovery Freeware (Easier)

You can restore the lost TXT Files with simple clicks using recovery software. EaseUS data recovery software is my recommendation. This free data recovery software provides easy and quick data recovery solutions. 


Supported Devices:

PC/laptop, hard drive, RAID, SSD, SD card, USB, camcorder and more.


Supported OS:

Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.


Supported Situations:

Formatted recovery, OS crash recovery, lost partition recovery, RAW partition recovery, deleted recovery and more.


Supported File Types:

Recover all types of lost files: photos, documents, videos, audio, emails, compressed files, etc.


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Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive where you lost files and start scanning. This software allows you to recover lost data from all devices, including HDD, SSD, USB drive, SD card, pen drive, camera, etc.

select a location to scan

Step 2. Browse the full scan results. You can choose the file type you need by clicking on the file type filter. EaseUS data recovery software supports 1000+ file types like photos, videos, documents, emails, audio files, and many more. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Select the files you want to preview. Click "Recover" and set a storage location to save the recovered data. 

Recover lost data

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors and data recovery specialists of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is mainly good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization of RAID 0, 5, and 10.

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