How to Recover 0 Byte Word Document

Jean updated on May 31, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


When you're facing a Word document of which the property shows 0 bytes in size, don't worry. Read solutions on this page and follow to resolve Microsoft Word .doc, .docx file shows 0 bytes after saving and recover 0 byte Word files in Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

Error: Word document Shows 0 Bytes

"Saved a Word document before forcing a restart of my laptop. Strange enough because now it is not opening with an error and the doc file size is 0 bytes. How do Word files become empty after being saved properly? How to get my document back? It has very important data that I can't afford to lose."

0 byte Word document

It's rare to see an empty Word document showing 0 bytes even with pages of data on it. Nevertheless, still many people find themselves being stuck in a 0-byte Word doc or docx file. How did it come? Generally, when you're facing a Word document of which the property shows 0 bytes in size, you should know that it is not a good sign because 0-byte file often points to a corrupt or damaged file or a bad sector on your hard drive or flash drive. Your contents have been wiped out.

How to Recover 0 Byte Word Doc Docx Files

You can try to recover a damaged Word document from the temporary files. The chances are small but still worth a try.

For Office 2010 and Higher

In Office 2010 and higher, you have an option in the application called Recover Unsaved Documents

  • Click on File tab in the upper left corner.
  • Choose "Recent".
  • In the bottom left corner is Recover Unsaved Documents.
  • The Saved Drafts folder will open. Find your file and double-click on it to open. Then save the file.

These files can also be found in the following locations:

Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista :


Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

Office under 2010

While for other Office editions, the path is different. Find the temp files by navigating to:

1. C:\ Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Word
2. C:\ Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temp

Locate files like ~wrdxxxx.tmp, ~wrfxxxx.tmp, ~wraxxxx.tmp and open it in a notepad, and then save.


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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.

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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.

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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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