How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved File in Microsoft Word

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We’ve all been there: a frantic search for a document you know you saved but just can’t find. It’s been deleted, but you’re sure that you didn’t do it -- at least on purpose. But fear not, Microsoft Word has a couple of excellent data recovery options that can often recover documents, even after they’ve been deleted.


These are, however, a last-ditch effort; they don’t always work and should never be relied on. If all else fails, it may be time to look into a data recovery program, or specialist in your neighborhood.

1. Open a blank Microsoft Word document and click the File tab.

file2. Click the Options link at the bottom, and choose the Save option from the left.

save3. Here, we’re looking for a file path to see where our autosaved documents go. Once you find it, select and copy it. In my case, it’s here: C:\Users\Bryan\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\

path4. Open File Explorer and paste in the copied file path. Hit enter to navigate to it.


5. Here, we’ll see the last save of the document I was working on, which starts with the name “RESUME.” Click it to open the file.

open6. Right click the ASD File, and select Open with.

right click

7. Choose Word, and click Ok.

open word

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  • Chris Says:

    This worked!! You saved me.I really can't thank you enough!

  • Elin Vanderstroom Says:

    How to recover a document deleted from the recycle bin

  • Aisha Abdi Mohamed Says:

    Thank you soooo much. You saved my life. I was able to save my research paper. May God bless you!

  • Rachael Says:

    You saved me:-) thank you so much.

  • tilbe Says:

    ah you can't now how much i am grateful for this. I managed to save my work thanks a lot

  • Beatrice Namutebi Says:

    Thank you so much for this guide. I have succeeded with recovering my document.

  • Adin Abel Says:

    Hi Bryan,

    The method of recovering deleted word file is really very impressive but it didn't worked in my case. I had deleted my word file permanently from the drive and to get that file back i downloaded free office file recovery software. With the help of that tool successully recovered my files at free of cost.

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