How to Recover Documents in Word 2013

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You've been pounding away at your keyboard for hours, having nearly finished a lengthy report for school or work, when Microsoft Word closes unexpectedly. Your pulse quickens when you suddenly realize that you haven't saved your file. Panic rises in your throat. Sound familiar?

No need to fear -- Word 2013 saves a temporary copy of your unsaved work that you can recover in a matter of seconds. Just follow these simple steps to pick up right where you left off.

1. Click "File" at the top left of the screen.

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2. Click "Info" at the top of the left-hand menu

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3. Click the "Manage Versions" button in the Info pane.

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4. Select "Recover Unsaved Documents" from the drop-down menu.

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5. Click "Open" when you've selected the document you want to recover.

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6. Click "Save As" at the top of the screen.

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  • Jithesh Says:

    Thank you very much for the great tip. you saved my day.

  • Kepa wa Tanzania Says:

    Great thank you David, what a great article.

    You really saved me big time today. Keep on great work bro

  • Cherry Paing Says:

    I really thank you. you guys save my life. I have been writing for 4 hours and I was closed the documents without saving.
    Really helpful
    God may bless you guys

  • Ben Auther Says:

    If you are asking for any paid tool, you just go to the any search engine like Yahoo, Google or Bing and search "Excel Recovery tool" you will get several results. Some of well-known tool's are:

    Kernel for Excel

    Recoveryfix for Excel

    you can try anyone which are suitable for you.


  • Carlos Samey Says:

    Thanks for taking the time for making this tutorial, really appreciated. I used to recover my word document with Acethinker Disk Recovery, it works pretty well. Share it here as an alternative method.

  • Benjamin Welborn Says:

    i can't figure out how to "manage versions". I don't have "info" under "file" or even a "file" tab in my word... I have some doo-hicky that has a similar drop-down menue as the "file" tab; it shows all the same option except "info".

  • xcpaa Says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  • mashraf Says:

    Very helpful. I got my lost document.thank you so much!

  • Mark Mitchell Says:

    Help! There is NOTHING in the folder! I did EXACTLY what you said but there was NOTHING! Help I need to submit this file urgently tomorrow and I accidentally shut my computer down AND accidentally pressed "Shut down anyway" Oh I'm so doomed

  • Dazy Parker Says:


    My file is present in system and showing the corruption error when I am trying to open it.

    What I do to fix it?

  • Rodney Says:

    Thank you so much for this article and this information. You saved my life with this! I thought I had lost a 16 page paper and was freaking out when my Word 2013 froze while trying to double space it.
    Thanks so much!

  • Francis Says:

    If I could kiss you I would... almost lost all the notes from a two hour meeting...

  • Nkanyiso Says:

    Anneh your comment was really helpful thanks.

  • Lungelo Says:

    I still cant find the document ,the computer restarted while I was busy typing please help.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Anneh, you saved me!! Thank you!!

  • Cameron wilbraham Says:

    My friend has managed to get her Lenovo computer to freeze what do I do to turn it back on and to recover her documents

  • Anneh Says:

    This didn't work for me for some reason, BUT I was able to find the autosaved version by going to Word > Options > Save and seeing where the autosaved versions are saved. I navigated to that folder (under C drive/App Data for me, and I had to "view hidden folders" to see App Data) and thankfully found the file. It had a weird name and I couldn't locate it on my computer by searching for a keyword, btw. I hope this helps someone.

  • Craig Says:

    Windows restarted automatically to update and closed my file without saving. When I restarted Word I got the box asking if I wanted to recover. I ignored it. Gone forever? Not really cool.

  • Jessica Says:

    And what if it's not there.....So much into a case study and now it's all gone....I really don't want to rewrite it.....HELP!?

  • James Says:

    Duuuuude thank you so much. You just saved me so much sleep

  • Jayke Says:

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! Worked like a charm!

  • Freya Says:

    Ahh I had auto saved my recent document today on word 2013, downloaded the new 2016 version and my recent document is no where to be found??? I looked on "recover unsaved documents" and checked all the files but can only find auto saved documents from the past that I had deleted :(

  • Michelle Says:

    Thank you!!

  • Chris Says:

    What if it's still not in there?

  • Maggie Says:

    Thank you, you have saved me about two hours re-doing my work.

  • Tre Taylor Says:

    I still can't find my word document!

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  • Phoebe Says:

    Oh wow.... 5 hours of work, and it wasn't there.
    I now have 30 minutes.
    Thank you anyway, I'll remember this for the future.

  • Dylan Says:

    You saved my ass xxx

  • Bill Says:

    Microsoft is a peice of ShiY. They now want you to save documents in their cloud, which they will later rent you access to them. I have lost all my hotmail email because they coerced me to "migrate" to msn.

  • Harrison Schroeder Says:

    Thank you so, so much.

  • Harrison Schroeder Says:

    Yes! Not only is this a great feature of Word 2013, this is a great article on how to use it. This took me right to my unsaved file, which I recovered. I am incredibly happy.

  • Kim Says:

    you are a God send! As I was on the verge of tears after losing 4 hours of work because I accidentally hit the "no" to save a grant proposal due today - I found your article. Heart attack diverted! Thank you!

  • Kathleen Hite Says:

    Just saved my booty!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  • geko Says:

    Thank you!

  • fortune Says:

    thanks so much .you have been helpful

  • Ashish Says:

    Thanks lot for the information, your article really helpful if you want recover word document with any advance tool then you try Kernel Recovery for Word.

  • Stacie Says:

    Thank you sooooooooooo much!! I had two files open and closed the wrong one! Thanks again this is a life saver!!

  • Ben Says:

    OH GOD THANK YOU! Just saved 5 hours of work. I have no idea what happened - my finger slipped on the keyboard and everything was gone! I couldn't find it anywhere and none of the fixes on the Microsoft site google sent me to worked! Bit this worked in about 5 seconds! Thanks SO much!

  • Nancy Says:

    As I sit her mopping up tears... I can NOT thank you enough. I just restored 6 hours of work... You are my HERO!

  • Geoff Says:

    Thank you so much David! Just saved my lengthy research project.

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