Can't Find the Temporary Copy in Word? How to Fix

When I exit Word 2016, I get a message stating that: If you click ‘Don't save', a recent copy of this file will be temporarily available. Where is the recent copy available? How can I find it? 

Best Answered by

Finley· Answered on Feb 27, 2024

If you want to find the temporary Word files in Windows as quickly as possible, you can directly copy and paste the path in your File Explorer:


If you fail to locate your files this way, you can try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to find your temporary files in Word and get them back if they are currently missing and fix can't find the temporary copy in Word.

 Download for Win Recovery Rate 99.7%
 Download for Mac Trustpilot Rating 4.7

You can first download and install this data recovery software on your PC and then follow the steps here to locate and recover a temporary copy in Word like this:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your device and click local disk to scan. 

Step 2. Click "Type" and navigate to the "Unsaved Files"; you will see all temporary copies or missing MS Word files there. You can choose "doc/docx" to filter your files according to extensions.

Step 3. Now, you can see all files presented on the result panel; you can either click the "Preview" button or double-click the target files to preview. Then click "Recover" and choose a safer location to store your recovered Word files.

Microsoft Word has a built-in feature that helps you recover unsaved Word documents in Windows 10. Just do as follows:

  • Click open your Microsoft Word and click the "File" tab
  • Navigate to "Open" > "Recover Unsaved Documents"
  • Locate your files in the list of "unsaved documents" and find the one you want to recover by checking its dialog box
  • Open the recovered Word file and save it

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

People Also Ask

How to Recover Unsaved Word Docs after Mac Restarted

This article will look at how to recover unsaved Word docs after Mac restarted. You are best recommended to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to help.


Jan 04, 2024

How to Retrieve Word Document You Forgot to Save on Mac

This post will briefly introduce how you can retrieve Word documents you forgot to save on Mac. Keep on reading if you are troubled by this problem.


Jan 04, 2024

Recover Accidentally Deleted Excel Files with Software

Accidentally delete Excel files? Don't worry! This article will introduce a powerful Excel file recovery software that can easily recover accidentally deleted Excel files. Read on to get detailed information.


Mar 25, 2024

Download the Easy MS Office Recovery Software with Crack

Do you have any good suggestions about MS Office recovery? I used a cracked Office 2010 on my Windows 7 computer and lost some Office files after installing a Windows 7 security update yesterday afternoon. So can I have a free recovery method for MS Office even if it was cracked using the Internet-provided serial key?


Mar 22, 2024

Why Microsoft Word Keeps Crashing on Mac

This post will simply introduce why Microsoft Word keeps crashing and how to solve this problem. Read on to get more useful information.


Jan 04, 2024

Can I Recover Unsaved Excel File on Mac? [Answered]

If you accidentally clicked 'don't save my Excel', is it possible to recover an unsaved Excel file on a Mac? Check the best answers in this article, and you'll find a suitable way to recover your unsaved Excel files on Mac.


Mar 20, 2024