[Free] Recover Unsaved Word Document on a Mac

When I finished an essay for school, I went to Chrome to look up a cited source for the ending, and the Word app said it had to restart. when I went to restart it, it was not available by auto-save was on, and I could not recover it at all.

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Brithny· Answered on Mar 18, 2024

When your Word for Mac crashes and the AutoSave feature is on, you can recover an unsaved Word document on your Mac by the following steps:

Step 1. Open the Word app on your Mac and click the 'File' button at the top menu.

Step 2. Choose 'Open Recent' in the main menu, locate the unsaved Word document you want, and click to save it.

Besides, you can find the autosaved Word documents in the AutoRecovery file location on a Mac by the following steps:

Step 1. Launch 'Finder' and click 'Go > Go to Folder'.

Step 2. Enter the path /Users/username/Library/Containers/com.Microsoft/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery.

Note: This path may be changed if you have modified it; you can find the file location in the 'Word Settings > Personal Settings > File Locations'.

Step 3. Go to the AutoRecovery folder and select the document you want to restore. Rename the document and change its file name extension to '.doc'.

Step 4. Double-click the document to open it in the Word application, and click 'Save as' to save it in a new folder.

However, if you didn't turn on the OneDrive AutoSave and never saved it at least once, there is nothing to recover on your local storage. In this case, consider using the third-party software EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover the unsaved Word document.

This powerful software can recover unsaved documents on a Mac hard drive with three steps:

Step 1. Launch the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac and select the hard drive that has stored the unsaved Word document.

Step 2. Click the 'Search for lost files' button, and this software will locate all the recoverable files in the Mac hard drive.

Step 3. Find the 'Unsaved Documents' list in the left panel, select the unsaved Word document, and click 'Recover'.

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.

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