How to Recover Lost Word Files

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.

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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

If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, connect it to your computer first. Choose the hard disk drive or a specific folder and click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan and select lost files

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive. After the scan, click "Filter", choose "Word" from the drop-down list, and click the tree view on the left side to navigate the wanted Word documents. 

scan word files

Step 3. Preview Word files and recover

You're allowed to double-click and preview a Word file if you have Microsoft Word application installed on your computer. Finally, select the desired Word file and click "Recover".

select word documents and recover

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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