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Recover Lost/Unsaved Word Documents in Windows 10

Updated on May 10, 2019 by Jean to File Recovery

Summary

You have two options to recover lost or unsaved Word documents in Windows 10: manually recover with a series processes through Microsoft Office or let EaseUS data recovery software locate the files for you. Both options are detailed here for your discretion. Lost word document files due to deletion, formatting, or system errors can all be restored with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

You have two options when trying to recover lost, unsaved Word documents in Windows 10. One is to become very familiar with Word processor and recover using Microsoft Office tools. The other option is to let  convenient data recovery software conduct office file recovery for you.

At the outset, we have to warn you of one important thing - no matter which method you take to get your document back, do not write any new data on the hard drive once the file is lost. This will greatly improve your chance to recover the file.  

Option OneRecover Lost Word Documents from AutoRecover Files

Applies to Procedure
For Word 2013 Users:
  1. 1. On the File menu, click Open, and then click Recent Documents.
  2. 2. Scroll to the end of all recent documents, and then click Recover Unsaved Documents.
  3. 3. If you find the Word document that you are looking for, double-click it to open it.
  4. 4. Save it immediately.
For Word 2010 Users:
  1. 1. On the File menu, click Recent.
  2. 2. Click Recover Unsaved Documents.
  3. 3. If you find the Word document that you are looking for, double-click it to open it.
  4. 4. Save it immediately.
For Word 2007 Users:
  1. 1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  2. 2. In the Navigation Pane, click Save.
  3. 3. In the AutoRecover file location box, note the path, and then click Cancel.
  4. 4. Close Word.
  5. 5. Open the folder that you noted in step 3.
  6. 6. Look for files whose names end in .asd (AutoRecover files).
  7. 7. If you find the Word document that you are looking for, double-click it to open it.
  8. 8. Save it immediately.
For Word 2003 & 2002 Users:
  1. 1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. 2. Click the File Locations tab, double-click AutoRecover files, note the path, click Cancel, and then click Close.
  • Note: In the Modify Location dialog box, you may have to click the down arrow in the Folder name list to see the whole path to your AutoRecover files.
    Close Word.
  1. 3. Locate the AutoRecover file location.
  2. 4. Look for files whose names end in .asd (AutoRecover files).
  3. 5. If you find the Word document that you are looking for, double-click it to open it.
  4. 6. Save it immediately.

Option TwoSearch for Word Backup Files and Recover Lost Word Documents

Applies to Procedure
For Word 2013 Users:
  1. 1. Start Word 2013.
  2. 2. Click the File menu, click Open, click Computer, and then click Browse.
  3. 3. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
  4. 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. 5. Click the backup file, and then click Open.
For Word 2010 Users:
  1. 1. Start Word 2010.
  2. 2. Click the File menu, and then click Open.
  3. 3. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
  4. 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. 5. Click the backup file, and then click Open.
For Word 2007 Users:
  1. 1. Start Word 2007.
  2. 2. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Open.
  3. 3. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
  4. 4. In the Files of type list, click All Files. The backup file usually has the name "Backup of" followed by the name of the missing file.
  5. 5. Click the backup file, and then click Open.
For Word 2003 & 2002 Users:
  1. 1. Start Word.
  2. 2. On the File menu, click Open.
  3. 3. Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
  4. 4. Point to the arrow in the Files of type box, click All Files *.*. The backup file usually has the name "Backup of" followed by the name of the missing file.
  5. 5. Click the backup file, and then click Open.

Search for .wbk Files in All Folders

  1. 1. Refer to method 1 to perform a search for *.wbk files (backup files).
  2. 2. Scroll through the files to see the one that you are looking for.
  3. 3. If you are not sure which file is the right one, copy and save the .wbk files to a location.
  4. 4. Start Word.
  5. 5. Click File > Open.
  6. 6. Locate the .wbk files, and then open them one by one.
  7. 7. If you find the missing file, save it immediately.

Option ThreeRecover Lost Word Documents with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

No matter which version of Word processor you're using, it can be complicated to perform the entire recovery process with the Microsoft Office guidelines listed above. However, we saved the best solution for last.

EaseUS file recovery software allows Word users to recover deleted files with just three steps. Other data recovery tasks such as Windows undelete, USB recovery, and Windows.old restore can all be done by this software in a simple way. If finding that your files aren’t listed in autorecover or the talk about .wbk files has you scratching your head, relax, even computer newbies have no problem applying this tool.

Recommendation
Applicable for Word 2013/2010/2007/2003/2002 Users.
100% support for Word doc/docx/asd file recovery.
Recover Word files from being hidden, deleted, formatted, etc.

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

Compared with the complicated manual operation suggested by Microsoft support, EaseUS data recovery software is much easier to handle. The software, as its name suggests, is developed to make people's lives easy. With its powerful capabilities and intuitive operation, users of all backgrounds can forget about learning annoying IT tricks. It is the quickest way to do all recovery related tasks; try it out.