Accidentally Closed Word 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016 Without Saving

Jean updated on Dec 28, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Microsoft Office allows for an auto recovery in case that you accidentally closed Word without saving. Try to recover unsaved Word documents from the auto recovery file manually, or let EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard help search for the closed document before you hit Save.

Recover from Recent Documents (Word 2013)
Recover from Manager Versions
Recover from the temporary files

How can you recover a Word document even it's accidentally closed without saving

Microsoft Office owns a large user group of students, office workers, government officials and those who undertake paperwork. We can tell many situations in which we lost very important Word documents. That really kills us undoubtedly. Here on this page, we'll focus on how to possibly recover unsaved Word document if you accidentally closed Word without saving. Also, apply the workarounds in the same way to recover unsaved Word document after computer restart, shutdown, power off or simply when Microsoft Word has stopped working unexpectedly.

Notice: All those three solutions are based on the fact that MS Office automatically creates backup copies of the documents you're working on periodically. That is to say, you're supposed to recover accidentally closed Word document from its backup file.

To proceed with the Word file recovery guide in the next part, we highly suggest you check the time how frequently Microsoft Word automatically saves a recoverable copy of your document. Usually, the default time is set to 10 minutes.

1_Click the File tab or Options due to different versions of the Word program.
2_On the left pane on the Word Options dialog box, navigate to Save. Under Save documents tab, you'll see how long Word will save AutoRecover information for auto recovery.

Three solutions to unsaved Word file recovery

Now, let's go to the real solutions part and learn how to restore an accidentally closed Word 2003/2007/2010/2016 without hit the Save button.

Solution 1. Recover from Recent Documents (Word 2013)

Step 1. Open MS Word.
Step 2. Click File >Recent >Recover Unsaved Documents

Solution 2. Recover from Manager Versions 

Step 1. Open MS Word.
Step 2. Click File > Info >Manage Versions > Recover Unsaved Documents.

Solution 3. Recover from the temporary files

Windows OS and Mac OS X put the temporary Word files in different locations, meanwhile, they're usually hidden so many users cannot easily access the default path. For example, in Windows, the auto saved Word location is C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles, while in Mac OS X is Library/Containers/

In fact, you don't have to bother to make the searchings so hard. It's quite upset to be unable to find the temporary files by following the given path due to many reasons, why not choose an easier method? EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can scan all over your hard drive where the Word backup is saved and help find the unsaved Word document for you.

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