How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved File in Microsoft Word

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.

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

3. 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\

4. 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.

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

7. Choose Word, and click Ok.

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