How to retrieve unsaved closed MS Word documents on Windows

Computers do not always function as expected. Nothing is more frustrating than when a program decides to take a quick nap, locks up, and stops responding to your commands for no apparent reason—especially if you lose the important document you’re working on!

MS Word, thankfully, saves temporary versions of your documents as you work. If it encounters a problem and ceases to function, you can restart Microsoft Word or your computer to attempt to recover your lost documents.

You can get to it easier by using the built in feature of MS Office.

  1. In MS Office, click the File Tab in the upper left. manage document button
  2. Click Manage Document and select Recover Unsaved Documents from the drop-down list. unsaved word documents
  3. Check for your missing file in the dialog box. If it was a recent loss it should appear. save as button
  4. Open the recovered Word document and click the Save As button in the top banner.

This sometimes doesn’t always work and the file there will be unrecoverable for many different reasons. And you can always lower the interval for Auto recover from 10 minutes (Default) to 1 or 2 minutes.

  • Click File tab.
  • In the left pane, click Options.
  • On the left pane, click Save.
  • Find and change the interval minutes on Save AutoRecover information every “” minutes.
  • Click the check box of Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving.
  • Click OK. To save changes.

If you work for a company, that might have your profile information  saved on some network drive for instance, you can find exactly where these unsaved documents are by:

  1. Open Word, Excel, or whatever you’re trying to recover.
  2. Click “File” up at the top.
  3. Click “Info” toward the top of the left-most column.
  4. Click “Manage Document”
  5. Click “Recover Unsaved Document”.

This will open up the folder the OP has specified, regardless of where its actual location might be in your company’s network.

Found this article interesting? Follow Life Pro Tips on Facebook to read more exclusive content we post.