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How to Recover Unsaved/Lost/Deleted Pages Documents on Mac

Updated on Feb 18, 2019 by Tracy King to Mac File Recovery


By accident, you closed an unsaved Pages document which contains a lot of important notes. Or, carelessly, you lost or deleted a Pages document that you desperately need. To recover your unsaved pages documents on your Mac, you can go to Finder and have a try. While to recover a lost/deleted Pages document, you can do it successfully with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, the powerful and popular data recovery tool, or Time Machine.

Part 1. Recover an Unsaved Pages Document
Part 2. Recover a Lost/Deleted Pages Document

Part 1. How to Recover Unsaved Pages Document

"My Mac froze and I was unable to click or move anything so I restarted the computer. Then I realized I closed my Pages document without saving it by doing so. The unsaved Pages document that I was working on contained a few weeks worth of notes. Now I desperately need to recover it, and I'm sure there's some kind of folder or something to help me recover this."

Like recovering unsaved Word documents, there are also three ways to recover unsaved Pages documents on Mac. How to recover a pages document that wasn't saved:

Method 1. Go to Finder to Look for the Unsaved Document

Step 1. Go to "Finder" > "File" > "Find" on your Mac.

Step 2. Search "This Mac" and confine the kind to "Document".

Step 3. Click the second tab in the View menu to list the search results.

Step 4. Find your unsaved Pages document and save it to your desktop or somewhere else.

How to recover unsaved Pages documents - Method 1

If you can't find your unsaved documents, there are more possible ways to try.

Method 2. Restore Unsaved Pages Documents from Temp Folder

Step 1. Go to "Applications" > "Utilities" and double-click "Terminal".

Step 2. In Terminal, enter open $TMPDIR and you will be directed to the TMP folder which is used to keep files temporarily.

Step 3. In the TMP folder, find and open the folder named "TemporaryItems". In it, right-click the desired unsaved Word files and "Open with..." Microsoft Word.

Step 4. Save the Word file by clicking on "File" > "Save As" and save it to another location.

How to recover unsaved Pages documents - Method 2

Method 3. Recover a Pages Document from Auto-Save

The Auto-Save feature is turned on by default and will take effect once you saved a document. Thus, if you unsaved the new edits on a document that had been saved before at least once, it's possible for you to recover the unsaved content with the help of Auto-Save feature.

Step 1. Go to find a Pages document.

Step 2. Open it with Pages.

Step 3. Then you will see the document you just opened and other documents you left opening or unsaved in the window.

Step 4. Choose the one you need and recover it.

Part 2. How to Recover Lost/Deleted Pages Documents

"I got some important Pages documents deleted accidentally by mistake. This case occurred to my MacBook Air last weekend while I was planning to delete those useless files and save more available space. After the deletion, I tried to edit a Pages document which was stored in a file folder. But I could not find any tracks of the page document. The whole folder was gone and all Pages documents disappeared from my Mac. How can I get those lost pages documents on my Mac back? If you have any effective methods, please help me. Thank you."

To be honest, the chances to recover an unsaved Pages document are, if any, slim. However, if your documents are lost or deleted by accident and you want to get them back, you will have a high chance of success.

Suggestion for Retrieving Lost/Deleted Pages Documents on Mac

Pages documents on Mac is usually used by Mac users for processing word application with advanced features including spelling check, grammar check and style sheets, etc. Losing page documents on Mac is not a rare case which may occur anytime and happen to any Mac users. Luckily, after you've got your important Pages documents lost or deleted, you can retrieve your desired files with effective. Here we recommend you try two reliable solutions to restore lost pages documents: recover pages documents with Mac data recovery software or recover Mac pages documents via Time Machine.

Method 1. Recover Lost/Deleted Pages Documents on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

Once you get your documents lost or deleted, stop using the hard drive where you stored you saved the files. And, don't install the software on the same hard drive as the one on which your Pages documents saved.

If you didn't enable Time Machine, you can successfully recover the lost/deleted Pages documents with Mac data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. This software provides a professional solution for different data loss situations on various devices. For example, it can recover deleted files after emptying Trash Bin, recover lost photoshop files,  and retrieve lost files from an SD card. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Steps to retrieve lost/deleted Pages documents on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard:

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

No obstacles will be encountered to use this software to recover lost Pages documents. As mention above, you can also apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to other data loss situations to get back your files. In a word, it's a tool well worth trying.

Method 2. Recover Pages Documents on Mac with Time Machine

If you have turned on Time Machine and made a backup plan for backing up important Pages documents on your Mac, you can follow the next steps to recover Pages documents with Time Machine:

Step 1. Launch Time Machine.

Step 2. Select "backups" and choose "Pages documents".

Step 3. Click "Restore" to recover your lost Pages documents.