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Recover Lost/Unsaved Word Documents in Windows 10

Updated on Oct 31, 2018 by Jean to File Recovery

Summary

You have two options to recover lost or unsaved Word documents in Windows 10: do the recovery as Microsoft Office tells you or let EaseUS data recovery software help. Lost word document files due to deletion, formatting, process halting or system errors can all be restored under Windows 10/8/7 now.

You have two options to recover lost and unsaved Word documents in Windows 10. One is to become very familiar with Word processor and do the recovery as Microsoft Office tells you. The other option is to let the best data recovery software help and make office file recovery for you.

At the very beginning, we have to warn you one important thing - no matter how you manage to get back the document, keep in mind that do not write any new data in Windows 10 hard drive as soon as the file has died out from the computer screen. 

Before we begin, you're supposed to figure out how the file got lost in the first place. Many of our readers of us once experienced Word documents loss due to not saving appropriately, permanently deleting, the processor halting, or even Windows system errors. Once you've understood your own situation, you shall actively select one of the following suggestions to regain the Word document.

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 what version of Word processor you're using, it's pretty complicated to perform the whole recovery process with Microsoft Office guidelines listed above, let alone perhaps you may have little understanding about .asd files or .wbk Files. However, the best solution always comes the last.

EaseUS file recovery software allows Word users to recover deleted files within three steps. Other data recovery tasks such as Windows undelete, USB recovery or Windows.old restore etc. can all be simply done by this software.  Be relaxed, even computer newbies are very good at applying the 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

Compare with the complicated operation from Microsoft support, EaseUS data recovery software becomes much easier to handle. The software, as its name suggests, is developed to make people's life easy. With its powerful performance, users are happy to get rid of the annoying IT tricks. Try it out. You shall not miss such charming data recovery software.