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

Updated on Dec 13, 2017 by Abby Haines to Mac File Recovery

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 the location where your important Word documents were lost and click Scan button.

select the location where your documents lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will start immediately a quick scan as well as a deep scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane.

scan the selected drive to find lost documents

Step 3. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the Word files you've lost earlier. Select the target files and click Recover Now button to get them back at once.

click the recover now button to recover lost documents on your Mac