How to Recover Deleted Word Documents

Abby Haines updated on Jul 03, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


If you deleted word documents or emptied the recycle bin, relax. Here are two methods to restore Microsoft Word 2016/2010/2007 documents. You can recover word files from the recycle bin or using third-party software. EaseUS data recovery software recovers all types of lost files: photos, documents, videos, audio, emails, compressed files, etc.

Have you accidentally deleted word documents which are important for you? And what to do if you want to undelete word documents? Can you recover a deleted word document? Yes, you can. Follow the two methods below to restore word documents. If you didn't empty your Recycle Bin, refer to Method 1. If you emptied the Recycle Bin, go to Method 2.

Method 1. Recover Word Documents from Recycle Bin

If you delete word documents, the word documents will be moved to the Recycle Bin. You can easily recover word documents from the Recycle Bin. Here's how:

Step 1: Go to the Recycle Bin. Check if the deleted word file is still there.

If you don't know the name, look for files types such as DOC, DOCX, DOT, etc.

Step 2: Select the Word file and click "Restore" to recover it.

restore word files from recycle bin

Method 2. Recover Deleted Word Files with Data Recovery Software

If you have emptied the Recycle Bin after deleting the word files, you still have a chance to recover them. Why? In fact, their contents aren't immediately destroyed. Windows simply marks the hard drive space as being available for use. The file entry won't be displayed in This PC. In this case, you will need a data recovery tool that can easily get deleted word documents back.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is my recommendation. It can recover files lost due to software crash, formatted or damaged hard drive, virus attack, lost partition, and other unknown reasons. It recovers the deleted office files with original file names and storage paths. Moreover, this software works well with dynamic disk, RAID, and EXT2/EXT3 file system. Besides undeleting word documents, this disk drive recovery software can also recover lost Excel, and restore ppt files. PDF file recovery is also supported. Try it to rescue your files.

Step 1. Choose the Word file location

It's the first step. You must clearly know where your Word files got lost, choose a hard disk drive or a specific folder. If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, take one more step to connect it to your computer.

Right-click on the drive X: and click the Scan button.

select the word file location

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.

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Step 3. Select Word files and recover

After the scan, use the quickest way to the wanted Word documents by choosing "Documents" from the drop-down list in "Filter". You're allowed to preview a Word file if you have Microsoft Word application installed on your computer. Finally, select the desired documents and click "Recover".

select word documents and recover

If you forget to save your word document, learn how to recover unsaved word document.


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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

5. 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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