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How To Recover an Unsaved Word Document ? | Geek Winky

If you are using Windows OS on your system then almost all of the works like writing letters, applications, articles, etc are generally carried out using MS Word software.
As a blogger, I use MS Word every day for writing new blog posts and for many other activities. As you know if you create a document, you need to save it on your computer’s hard drive so that you can access that later. If you don’t save it, you won’t have it with you. Therefore, we do save our documents when we create it. Since I have been working with computers for a long time, I have a habit of keep pressing Ctrl+S in between the work so that I don’t leave anything unsaved.

How To Recover an Unsaved Word Document ?
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But, there are times, when we do miss to save the document and accidently close the document. Sometimes due to running out of power or any other reasons, we may miss saving our document, and everything goes in vain.
I know that pain as in the early days I have been a victim of such situations. In those days, the computer was new to me, so I was not aware of the MS Word tricks and hacks. But, now I know some good tricks that help me in such situations. In this blog post, we will try to find out the solution to recover unsaved document.

For this problem, there is the solution as Microsoft Word keeps saving your work in a temporary file while you are writing or editing in the document. The feature is known as Autosave. Though this is a default feature, you must check your Word software for the option whether it is checked or not. 

Before proceeding with the original trick to recover a file, we have to do some settings that will help in our future works. Follow the steps:-

Go To File -> Options -> Save, and make sure both the options are ticked as shown below:

Initial Settings
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If the option “Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving” is not ticked, you may not see the autosaved file to recover which you are going to read next. So, make sure it is checked. And click OK to save settings.

Note - Always set AutoRecover time to the least which means 1 minutes. You can change it to 1 and save the settings.

Now we proceed to the main trick to recover file with autosave feature..

Recover From Autosave Feature of Microsoft Word

As you just read above that your MS Word must be enabled to keep the autosaved version of your document; then only this method will work. If the options mentioned above are not ticked, make sure you tick them before you run into such issues.

For now, considering your MS Word has autosave feature enabled, let’s check out the steps...

Step 1 - Open MS word by double-clicking on the icon from desktop or by a single click from the Start Menu.

Step 2 - Once the Word is opened go to File -> Info -> Manage Versions -> Recover Unsaved Version

Recovering Procedure
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You will find the unsaved document(s) there.

List of Unsaved files
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Step 3 - Select that and click on Open. You will see this:

Option for saving recovered files
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Step 4 - Now, you can click on Save As and save the file on your computer.

Note - Step 2 can be done another way too. You just need to click on File => Recent, and you will see the option “Recover Unsaved Document”

Another way to recover files
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Click on that, and you will see those unsaved documents which you can open, and recover as you read earlier in this post.
This way, you can get your unsaved document back.


MS Word is a tool that we all use on day to day basis, therefore, do the settings before you use it to avoid the loss that may happen because of losing the important document. This is important because if autosave time will be around 10 minutes, your document will get autosaved after every 10 mins so in the most cases, you won’t be able to recover complete data. Therefore, before you start using, set 1 minute autosave time so that whatever you write in the document will get autosaved after every 1 minute, and when you close it without saving, you will still be able to get back almost complete document using the method discussed in this blog post.

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Article By - Atul Agrawal
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