TXT File Recovery - Two Methods to Recover Lost Text Files

If you accidentally lost Notepad files, do not worry. Here are two methods to get back lost TXT file. You can manually recover TXT file or use TXT file recovery software, EaseUS file recovery software can restore deleted, lost or formatted text or .txt files from devices with simple clicks.

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Recover Unsaved Notepad Documents

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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 file 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.


Step 1. Launch EaseUS file recovery software. Select the text file location - a hard disk drive, an external USB flash drive/SD card or a specific folder on Desktop, etc and click the Scan button.

select the text file location

Step 2. Files are showing up during the scan. You can quickly access the text files by choosing "Documents" from the drop-down list in "Filter" or search ".txt".

scan lost text files

Step 3. Select the text file(s) and click the Recover button. Choose other locations to save the recovered files to avoid data overwriting.

select text files and recover

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