2 Ways to Recover Unsaved iWork Document on Mac

Mac crashes often happen without warning. A common data loss scenario is users' Mac shut down while they are working with iWork documents, left important data unsaved. This post is about to solve this problem. We will tell you how to recover unsaved iWork documents on Mac.

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Overview of Recovering Unsaved iWork Document

iWork is a general term of the office suite of applications that were created by Apple. It includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes. Generally speaking, iWork could be considered as a Mac version of Microsoft Office. 

If users are working on their iWork documents, but a sudden computer shut down happens, there will be no time left for them to save the document. So that's why users want to know how to recover files lost in this situation.

Recover unsaved iWork files

How to Recover Unsaved iWork Document

After checking all claimed working methods, we finally find two solutions that can really recover unsaved iWork documents. But both of these two methods have a precondition: You must have already given the document a name and saved it on your Mac before data loss. If you didn't, then there will be no way for you to retrieve your unsaved document, no matter how other guides brag about their data recovery ability.

Method 1. Recover Unsaved iWork Document from Autosave Folder

Autosave is a built-in feature of Mac iWork applications, once you have enabled this feature, it would automatically save your iWork documents at least once per hour. And when you opened, duplicated, locked, renamed, reverted your document, automatically save will also occur. Follow the steps below to see how to recover unsaved iWork document from the Autosave folder. Here we will take the Numbers document as an example.

Step 1. Go to the Autosave folder location:  [Your hard drive] > Users > [your home folder] > Library > Containers > com.apple.iWork.Numbers.

Step 2. Right-click the "com.apple.iWork.Numbers." file, and select "Show Package Contents".

Step 3. Find Data > Library > Autosave information. Here store all the autosave files, check if the one you want to recover is in it.

Method 2. Recover Unsaved iWork Document with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

If you can't find the wanted files in the Autosave folder, or you didn't enable the Autosave feature, then you can try a third-party data recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. It is specialized in Mac data recovery, no matter your data lost because of accidental deletion, system crash, or partition loss, EaseUS Mac data recovery software would help you get it back.

Recently, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac updated with a new feature, which is to recover unsaved iWork documents as well as Microsoft Office documents. If you want to find back your unsaved data, follow the step-by-step guide below to have a try.

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Note: You can create a backup by clicking the "Disk Backup" on the left first. When the disk is damaged or the unsaved document on the disk is accidentally deleted or lost, you can get the data back from the backup image.

Step 1. Select the disk

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, hover the mouse over the device where you lost an unsaved file, and click "Search for lost files".

select a location and scan for unsaved documents

Step 2. Choose unsaved documents

After the scan, click "Type", and expand "Unsaved Documents". Click the exact file type - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Keynote, Pages, or Numbers you lost without saving.

choose the unsaved documents

Step 3. Preview and recover unsaved files

Double-click to preview your unsaved file, select the right version and click "Recover" to save the file to another secure location on Mac.

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All You Should Know About iWork Recovery

Here we will tell you some must-know tips about iWork recovery. If you are confused with data recovery on Mac, this part might help you a little.

1. Where do I find autosave files on Mac?

One crucial problem that bothers most Mac users when they want to recover data is "Where do I find autosave files on Mac?" Here we have listed all the answers:

For Microsoft Word: 

AutoSave folder location: ~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.Word/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery 

For Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint files, you just need to change the word "Word" to "Excel" or "PowerPoint".

For iWork Numbers:

Autosave folder location: [Your hard drive] > Users > [your home folder] > Library > Containers > com.apple.iWork.Numbers > Data > Library > Autosave information

For other iWork documents, such as Pages and Keynotes, you just need to change the word "Numbers" to the corresponding name.

2. Can Time Machine Recover Unsaved Files?

There are a lot of tech guides that claim that users can try to recover unsaved files from their Time Machine backup. Well, can they? Actually, you can't recover the unsaved files from your Time Machine backup. The reason why you can't do it is that Time Machine backups are saved in your Mac hard drive, while the unsaved files only exist in RAM. Time Machine can only help when you need to recover deleted files on Mac.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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