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How to recover a Word file after accidentally clicked don't save

Posted by Abby Haines to Mac File Recovery 2017-05-09

Summary

Accidentally clicked don't save in MS Word 2016 on Mac while closing a document? This page tells you how to retrieve unsaved Word document from autorecovery files or EaseUS Mac data recovery software.

Overview

Question - Accidentally click Don’t Save in MS Word 2016

"I accidentally clicked "Don't Save" while closing a document in MS Word 2016 on my Macbook. It makes me lost several pages of work. Is it possible to get it back?"

Answer - The issue mentioned above has happened to more than one users. And most of them asked

"Can I recover a file after I accidentally click Don’t Save in MS Word?"

Here, we can tell you that yes. Reading here, you may doubt that how to recover unsaved Word document on Mac. Next, we will show you how to make it using several possible ways.

Solutions

Recover unsaved Word document from autorecovery files

MS Office automatically creates backup copies of the files you’re working on periodically.

  • If you click Save while closing the document, Word will try to recover the file(s) with all the changes you have made the next time it starts up.
  • And if you accidentally click “Don’t Save”, Word will not recover the file automatically because it think that you really didn’t want to keep that file or save all the changes.

In this case, you can try to recover unsaved Word document from autorecovery files manually:

1. Open MS Word.
2. Click File>Info>Manage Versions>Recover Unsaved Documents.

Try to recover Word document with EaseUS Mac data recovery software

If the above method won’t work, please try EaseUS Mac data recovery software to check if it helps to retrieve your Word documents. It is a try-before-buy tool, so, please free to download the trial version.

Step 1. Select file types - it ensures you to find the target Word document files you want to recover in the shortest time.

Recover Word document on Mac  - select  file types

Step 2. Choose the specified volume - choose to scan the hard drive where saved the Word documents to find all the recoverable files.

Recover Word document on Mac - choose to scan the specified volume

Step 3. Preview and selectively recover data - preview all the recoverable Word document files and select those you want and click "Recover" button to retrieve them back.

Preview and recover Word document on Mac