How to Recover Unsaved Word Docs after Mac Restarted

My Mac just randomly restarted, and I just lost several important files that I had opened but did not save. I checked my Preferences, and I did have the save Auto Recovery information box checked. I thought that meant the files would be automatically saved, and the documents would open once I opened Word again, but there was no luck. Any suggestions to get them back?

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Finley· Answered on Jan 04, 2024

If you accidentally close your Word document without saving it on your Mac, you can use the unique feature of Microsoft Word for Mac, you may find the unsaved files in the AutoRecovery or Temporary folder. But if you cannot find your documents in the two built-in utilities, use data recovery software like  EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover unsaved Word docs after Mac restarted.

You can follow the steps here to recover unsaved Word docs:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Choose the disk where you lost an unsaved file, and click "Search for lost files".

Step 2. On the left side of the scan results window, click "Type" and "Unsaved Documents". Use filters to choose Word doc files, and you can recover unsaved Numbers documents on Mac.

Step 3. Double-click to preview the selected lost Word files. Then, click "Recover" to recover unsaved Word documents on Mac without auto recovery.

Using TMP folder, which keeps the folder temporarily, to recover unsaved Word documents is also a workable way. You can perform this process this way:

  • Find "Applications" > "Utilities"  and double-click the "Terminal."
  • Enter open $TMPDIR in the Terminal, and you will see the TMP folder open
  • Now, find and open the "TemporaryItems" folder, right-click the desired Word file in it, and Open with Microsoft Word
  • You can save the Word file by clicking on the "File" > "Save As" to save it to another location

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