How to Recover Word DOCX/DOC Files

Here is the best docx/doc file recovery software. Download this freeware to restore deleted or formatted doc or docx files. If you close Word without saving the result, you can also get back the unsaved doc files. Follow the details below and get back Word files.

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DOCX/DOC Word Files Loss Trouble

There are a lot of unavoidable disasters that can lead to the loss of Word document - a hacker or virus attack, HDD corruption or power failure. An accident can also happen when you did not close the application properly. Word files may corrupt while transferring to file server or other places. Articles, reports, and graphics, which you spend hours with hard works can be very easy to lose.

Have you ever think that you lose your .docx or .doc documents by deletion or format? And do you know how to perform .docx/.doc file recovery to restore all lost Word files? Here are the methods to recover deleted and unsaved DOC/DOCX files.

Part 1. Recover Deleted DOC/DOCX Files (Free)

If your .docx or .doc files get lost due to accident deletion, format, or virus attack, you should recover your lost DOC/DOCX world files. EaseUS data recovery software is one of the most popular tools for lost DOCX/DOC recovery. It recovers lost files easily and quickly with simple clicks. Download this free file recovery software and restore lost Word files now:

Step 1. Choose the Word file location.

Do you know where you lost Word files? If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, connect it to your computer first. Choose the hard disk drive or a specific folder and click the San button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan all lost data.

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive, and you'll see more and more data showing up in the scan results. After the scan, click "Filter" and choose "Word" from the drop-down list to navigate the wanted Word documents. 

scan word files

Step 3. Select Word files and recover.

You're allowed to double-click and preview a Word file if you have Microsoft Word application installed on your computer. Finally, select the desired Word file and click "Recover".

select word documents and recover

Part 2. Recover Unsaved DOCX/DOC Files (3 Solutions)

If you forget to save your days of hard work, it is very unpleasant and sad. But there are three possible ways to bring back these files in Word 2019/2016/2013/2010/2007.

Note: The following operations are performed on Word 2016 edition, if you have other questions, contact our support team.

Solution 1. Recover Unsaved DOCX/DOC from AutoRecover

1. Open the Word program, and click "File” > "Options". 

On the left navigation pane, click "Save". Copy the AutoRecover file location path and paste it into File Explorer.

recover unsaved doc/docx step 1

2. Scroll to the end of all recent documents and copy the .asd file.

recover unsaved doc/docx file step 2

3. Go to your Word app, click "File" > "Open" > "Recover Unsaved Documents" at the bottom.

recover unsaved doc/docx step 3

4. Paste the copied .asd file into the File Name box popping up. Open the Word file recover it.

recover unsaved doc/docx step 4

Solution 2. Recover from Temporary Files

You can find the unsaved DOCX/DOC files directly through the following path:

  • For Windows 7 users: C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\
  • For Windows 8/10 users: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles\

Or you can follow the steps below to find them:

1. Open the Word program, and click the "File" tab; then, click "Info" > "Manage Document".

recover unsaved temp files step 1

2. Click "Recover Unsaved Documents" from the drop-down menu.

recover unsaved doc/docx step 2

3. Select the unsaved file and click the "Open" button. Then, on the pop-up window, choose "Save As" to store it to any place you like.

recover unsaved doc/docx step 3

Solution 3. Recover DOCX/DOC from Document Recovery

If the Word or your computer suddenly crashes and the Word document is unsaved, you can recover the file from the Document Recovery feature of Word.

recover from document recovery

Also read: how to recover unsaved Word document on Mac.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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