How to Recover Lost Word Files

Jean updated on Nov 18, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

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. Now you can download the software and follow the below guide to retrieve lost Word files with simple steps.

This video will give you more detail info about how to make it simple and easy for you to recover lost word files with EaseUS data recovery software. If you wanna be your own data rescuer, do not hesitate anymore and download this tool. 

Step 1. Choose the Word file location.

Do you know where you lost Word files? Choose the hard disk drive or a specific folder and click the San button. If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, take one more step to connect it to your computer.

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, use the quickest way to the wanted Word documents by choosing "Documents" from the drop-down list in "Filter". 

scan word files

Step 3. Select Word files and recover.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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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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