Tips & Tricks: How to Recover a Lost Word Document
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Scenario: You’re working away at a Word document and circumstances beyond your control force the document to close. There’s a risk your changes will not be saved.
The only real way to make sure you don’t lose masses of work is to make saving work a frequent, repetitive habit.
Microsoft Office programs do have a built-in “auto-save” function, however. This automatically backs up a copy of your work in set intervals.
1) Restart Word to look for the recovered document
- Open Task Manager
- On the Processes tab, click any instance of Microsoft Word, and then click End Process.
- Close the Windows Task Manager dialogue box.
- Restart Word and then see if the missing file is displayed in the Document Recovery task pane. By default, Word searches for AutoRecover files each time it starts.
- Double click the AutoRecover files one by one. If you find the lost Word file, save it immediately.
2) Search for AutoRecovered files
If the Recovery pane doesn’t open, you may need to manually search for the files. To do this in Word 2013, follow these steps:
- Go to File, click Open, and then Recent Documents.
- Scroll down past all recent documents, and then open Recover Unsaved Documents.
- Open up your unsaved document.
- Save it immediately.
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