What Is ASD File? [Detailed Information]

Tracy King updated on Feb 22, 2023 | Home > Knowledge Center

The use of digital platforms for creating and managing files has become a standard software over the last two decades. As development tends to evolve the process, there are different forms of innovations included in the process. One intuitive addition to the process was the involvement of auto-recovery processes.

Microsoft Word included the feature of Auto Recovery a while ago that helped users recover their files to some extent after they lost them in a power failure or unexpected errors. These recovered files hold the information in a particular format, which is their clear representation. For this article, we will be introducing one such file format, the ASD file format, that is involved with Microsoft Word and its auto-recovery feature.

What is ASD File?

ASD file format is a file format that is related to Microsoft Word and was developed by Microsoft. These file formats are not absolutely known as Word files; however, they are files that contain the snapshot or backup copy of the Word file that you are working on. If the file accidentally closes without the data being saved, these files, which are also referred to as AutoRecover files, will load the latest version of the document.

With a set timer for saving the Auto Recovery file, these files save the data of the document that you are working on. For instance, if the timer is set for 5 minutes, the files will automatically save after 5 minutes as a new AutoRecover file. From saving DOC to DOCX files, the ASD file format is quite versatile and effective in situations where you lose access to data without officially saving it.

As there was no source of retrieving data before the AutoRecover feature, this turned out to be a game-changer in data recovery solutions. The path to the ASD files are different in every Windows, which are provided below for your understanding of locating the ASD file whenever you lose your data in some unprecedented condition:

Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\
Windows XP: C:\Users\UserName\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\

How to Open ASD File?

With an understanding of what the ASD file format is, it is time to answer three critical questions related to these file formats. Reviewing the answers will help you understand and manage the file formats in a better way:

  1. 1. How to Open the ASD File?
  2. 2. How to Recover ASD File?
  3. 3. How to Convert ASD to Word?

1. How to Open the ASD File?

Since you are looking to open an ASD file on your computer, you will have to know the proper techniques that will allow you to recover these files with ease. Although you can try many ways to access these files, the best methods have been listed to help you out:

  1. Method 1. Using the Recovery Pane
  2. Method 2. Through Recent Documents

Method 1. Using the Recovery Pane

The first method that you can try is to recover your files from the Recovery Pane that automatically opens whenever you open Microsoft Word after it closes down abruptly. It contains the recovered files that are not saved but have been assessed by the AutoRecover feature. To use this approach for saving the ASD file that is created, look into the provided steps:

Step 1. Open Microsoft Word after it closes down on your computer, where the Recovery Pane will immediately show up as you open a new file.

Step 2. If you find your respective unsaved file in the Recovery Pane, find the arrowhead adjacent to it to find options for recovering it. You can select the options "Open," "Save As," and "Delete" from the drop-down menu.

select the required option

Step 3. You can also double-click the file to open it on Word and save it as a Word document through the generic technique.

Method 2. Through Recent Documents

This method is a direct technique of finding the AutoRecover document from the respective location that holds the ASD file in the computer. To perform this, you will have to follow the steps guided below:

Step 1. Launch Microsoft Word on your computer and proceed to the "File" tab. As the new screen opens, click on the "Open" tab on the left and proceed to select "Recent" from the options found in the adjacent section.

choose open option

Step 2. Click on the "Recover Unsaved Documents" button that you can find at the bottom of the screen.

access recover unsaved documents

Step 3. As the file explorer screen opens, search for the file and click "Open" to launch it on Microsoft Word.

hit the open button

2. How to Recover ASD File?

To recover an ASD File, the only perfect way to do so is to save the document properly as a Word file. Once you have gotten the technique of opening the file by performing different directions, you can recover the ASD file with ease. We have provided two different approaches that you can take to recover an ASD file:

  1. Method 1: Recover File From The Folder
  2. Method 2: Recover ASD File from EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

Method 1: Recover File From The Folder

You can try recovering the file from your computer through this manual technique. The process of executing this is quite simple, which is presented as follows:

Step 1. Navigate to File Explorer to access the AutoRecover files on your computer

launch the file explorer

Step 2. As you access the file location, find the file and open it on Word. If the file does not open on Word directly, you can right-click on it and proceed to the "Open With" option, where you can select Microsoft Word from the options.

choose open with

Step 3. Once the file opens, you need to lead to the "File" tab from the top and select "Save As" to save the document as a Word file.

choose the save as

Method 2: Recover ASD File from EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

If the files you are trying to access are permanently deleted and cannot be accessed from the folder that contains them, it does not mean there is no option left for recovering them. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard provides an intuitive solution in the form of a data recovery solution that recovers data lost under many scenarios. With support for all major Windows OS, it stands as the best in the market for many reasons. We have put these points into consideration and provided you with an overview of the benefits of having this software as follows:

  • It provides an option of recovering free 2GB of data from your computer.
  • You can retrieve data from anywhere, which ranges from your hard drive to the Recycle Bin.
  • It allows you to preview the recovered data before recovering it on your computer.
  • It features a recovery rate of 99.7%, which means that it provides an assured result.
  • Covers support for more than 1000+ file types and 2000+ storage devices.

3. How to Convert ASD to Word?

As we have provided a clear understanding of how you can recover the ASD file from your computer with the right techniques, the only proper way to convert an ASD file to a Word file is to open it on Microsoft Word. After opening the file, you have to save the file as a Word file using the "Save As" option. The process of converting an ASD file is very straightforward.


This article provides an overview of the ASD file and the functionality that makes it popular in the market. As it is clearly related to the AutoRecover feature offered by Microsoft Word, the provided discussion has ensured users how they can easily open, recover, and convert the ASD file.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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