I saved a word file and then closed it. I needed to rename it, so I right-clicked it in the folder but accidentally clicked create shortcut instead of renaming. Then I may have done the same but with the cut. Then I tried to undo it, so I pressed CTRL-Z several times. However, only the shortcut was there after I did that, but the original file was gone. So I tried to do CTRL-Y to redo the actions. It did, but it returned the file as empty. I searched in the recycle bin, but it was not there. Trying to open the word document from recent opens the empty file, as does opening the shortcut. Did anyone get any suggestions? Thank you in advance.
You unintentionally closed the Word by CTRL+Z and CTRL+Y, causing the unsaved Word document to disappear. Fortunately, unsaved Word documents on Windows 10/11 can still be recovered using Temporary Files, AutoRecover, or Word Document Recovery. You can recreate the Word document to see if you can find the earlier version. Here are the steps for recovering lost Word files.
Things will be better if you have enabled the AutoSave option in Microsoft Office. You can efficiently learn how to recover unsaved word document from Recent Documents, Manage Versions or Temporary files that were closed without saving or lost due to other reasons.
AutoSave is usually enabled by default. If you did not enable the AutoSave feature, reputable file recovery software might be your only chance to recover the deleted Word documents. The file extension ".asd" is used for AutoRecover file names. Word looks for AutoRecover files by default every time it starts, and any data found is displayed in the Document Recovery task window. If the Document Recovery pane does not appear, search for auto-recovered files manually.
However, for the saved Word documents on your computer that were deleted or lost due to PC error, OS mistake, or other reasons, you may need the reliable EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for help. The data recovery software can restore deleted or permanently deleted Word files in a few clicks. It is also competent to repair corrupted DOCX/DOC files and other documents.
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