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How to Recover Lost Word Files

Updated on Oct 18, 2018 by Jean to File Recovery

Summary

Lost important Word files? EaseUS data recovery software can help you recover Word document from Word backup files or recover lost Word document under Windows 10/8/7 with ease now. Word 2007/2011/2013/2015/2016 etc are all supported.

Microsoft Word document can disappear in certain situations. For example, it may be gone after a forced quit, power interruption or close without saving changes. This page introduces several possible ways to recover lost word files. You can try any one of them to undelete word documents, recover formatted ones in different data loss cases.

Method 1. Recover from the Recycle Bin

If you happen to delete Word files on the desktop and moved it into the recycle bin, you'll have a great chance to bring it back from the recycle bin.

1. Launch the Recycle Bin. Click View > Arrange Icons, then you can filter this list according to file type, name, delete date, etc.
2. When you find your target document, right-click on it, and click Restore to get it back.

Method 2. Recover from searching the original document

If you still cannot find your file, you can search for it on the computer.
In Windows, click Start > Search > For Files or Folders.
Then type the file name and click "Search".
If the Search Results box does not show the file, you can try to search for Word backup files or use EaseUS office file recovery software to help.

Method 3. Recover from the backup location

Here we take Word 2013 as an example. And this method works in all versions including 2007/2011/2013/2015/2016 etc.

1. Start Word 2013.

2. Click the File menu, click Open, click Computer, and then click Browse.

3. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.

4. In the Files of type list (All Word documents), click All Files. The backup file usually has the name "Backup of" followed by the name of the missing file.

5. Click the backup file, and then click Open.

Method 4. Creating a new Word document with an identical name

This method may work when you cannot find any tracks on your computer by following the above 3 methods. You can create an exact same Word document to see whether you can find the previous version.

1. Create a new Word document with the same name and format of the lost one.
2. Right-click on the file > Choose Properties and select Previous Versions.
If you see several versions of the Word document, choose the former one and click Recover. 

Method 5. Recover lost Word files with EaseUS office recovery software

When you permanently deleted Word files or other data on your computer or storage devices, all the methods above will not work. Then you'll need professional file recovery software to help yourself with ease.

EaseUS file recovery software is a popular online data recovery tool for Windows and Mac users. With it, you can easily get back all types of files lost due to accidental deletion, disk formatting, virus attack or some other reasons. All Windows systems such as Windows 10/8/7 etc are all supported. And it can be also used to recover other versions of Word document such as Word 2013/2015/2016 etc, recover lost Excel files or even recover saved over office file. Now you can download the software and follow the below guide to retrieve lost Word files with simple steps.

Follow a simple way to recover lost Word documents:

  • Choose the Word file location
  • Scan all lost data
  • Select Word files and recover

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.

scan word files

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

Video Tutorial to Recover Lost Word Files with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

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