You have the deadline for an important assignment the following day; you are having a last look at it, and accidentally, you delete the file! Psst! It's a situation that most of you can relate to and don't wish to go through.

I accidentally deleted a Word document in Office 365 home before saving it. How can I get it back?

Word deletion is sometimes unavoidable due to operational errors or computer problems. Out of haste and negligence, you often end up in this situation. You can find the answer here if you are wondering how to recover deleted Word documents

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Word Documents with File Recovery Software (Top Method🏆)

Word documents are permanently deleted; that is, they can not be found in the Recycle Bin or on the computer, is the real need for people to recover Word documents. To recover permanently deleted Word documents without backups, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

EaseUS data recovery software is good at restoring lost files from different devices, including HDDs, SSDs, SD cards, USBs, etc. It can recover deleted Word documents and hundreds of other file types in various situations. After file recovery, if your Word document is still corrupted, you can also use this software to repair the corrupted file.

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Now, download this well-known file recovery tool and take the following steps to retrieve your deleted Word documents.

Step 1. Choose the Word file location

Choose the drive or a specific folder where you lost Word documents and click the "Search for Lost Data" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Locate your Word documents

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive. After the scan, click the "Documents" option in the left panel. Choose the target Word file from the scan results. Then, click "Preview".

scan and preview Word document

Step 3. Recover the deleted Word documents

After previewing, select the desired Word files and click "Recover". Remember, save the recovered documents in another location rather than original place. It is a great choice saving the recovered documents to cloud storage like OneDrive or Dropbox.

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How to Restore a Deleted Word Document from the Recycle Bin

Recycle Bin is always an option to recover files and important documents when you have not deleted your file permanently. If you have not configured your PC's settings to delete files permanently, or you have not used the Shift+Del keys simultaneously, there's a rescue. 

Follow the steps given below to recover a deleted Word document from Recycle Bin:

Step 1. Go to your desktop. Find Recycle Bin, right-click it, and select "Open". 

find recycle bin

Step 2. Find the deleted Word document you want to recover. Right-click it. A drop-down menu will appear; select the "Restore" option.

recover a deleted Word from Recycle Bin

After doing so, head to Microsoft Word and find the Word document you had initially deleted. Further, if you face any issues finding your document in the Recycle Bin, search by your file's name in the Bin. Alternatively, you can look for files ending with the doc or docx extension, sort them as per date, and set them to Newest first.

You may not find your Word document when restoring from the Recycle bin. Read the following article for more information on Recycle Bin recovery.

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How to Recover Deleted Word Documents from Previous Versions

You can even retrieve your lost document using the Previous Versions feature. Doing so restores your file to its initial version, and thus, you can get back your file. It is the easiest method that you can quickly use.

Follow the steps given below to recover deleted Word Documents from Previous Versions: 

Step 1. Navigate to the folder or file where your document was saved.

Step 2. Right-click on the file and select Restore Previous Versions.

recover a deleted Word from previous versions

Step 3. A list of previous document versions will be displayed. Click the version that you want to restore. 

How to Recover Deleted Word Documents from Cloud Drive

The satisfaction is real when you know you can keep multiple files safe, yet it does not use your device storage. Cloud Computing has brought a drastic transformation and innovation that relieves many users. Microsoft OneDrive is one such powerful Cloud Drive. You save all types of files, including documents, images, videos, PPTs, PDFs, spreadsheets, and lots more. 

So, if you have uploaded your files on Microsoft OneDrive, you can easily recover them. It doesn't matter if you would have used the Shift+Delete keys for deletion; you can retrieve it. 

Follow the steps given below to recover deleted Word Documents from OneDrive:

Step 1.  Open your browser, go to, and press the Enter key.

Step 2. Sign to OneDrive using your credentials. Once you get the access, navigate to Recycle Bin on the left side of the screen.

restore word onedrive

Step 3. Right-click on the deleted file. A drop-down menu appears. Select the "Restore" option.

After doing so, your file will be retrieved where you would have initially saved it.

Further, if you had saved your file in the Personal Vault, you would not be able to find it normally. Instead, you would have to click on the Show Personal Vault Items from the Recycle Bin, and the Word document will be listed there.

If you want to recover a Word document deleted some days ago, you will not find the file after 30 days. The OneDrive retains the deleted files for 30 days only. Further, if you have a Microsoft 365 Subscription, the document will be retained for 93 days. 

Recover a Previous Version of a Word Document Stored in OneDrive

We have you covered if you want to retrieve a Word Document's previous version stored in OneDrive. You do not have to locate it on your device and follow the long-form procedure; you can easily do so.

Follow the below-mentioned steps to do so:

Step 1. Go to OneDrive and sign in with your credentials. Navigate to the document whose previous version you want to retrieve.

recover files from version history

Step 2. Right-click on it, and a drop-down menu will appear; click on Version History. Now, select "Restore" to retrieve your document. 

The previous version of your document will now be restored. 

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The Conclusion

After reading this tutorial, you have learned four useful ways to recover deleted Word documents. You can check out the Recycle bin of your PC, restore from a document's previous versions, or use Cloud Drive. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard offers the most efficient ways to restore permanently deleted Word documents in severe data loss situations. Try it now!

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Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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