How to Recover Word DOCX/DOC Files

Roxanne updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

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.

DOCX/DOC Word Files Loss Trouble
Part 1. Recover Deleted DOC/DOCX Files
Part 2. Recover Unsaved DOCX/DOC Files

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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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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