How to Recover an Unsaved Word Document

Applies to : Microsoft Word 2010, Word 2013, and Word 2016

We have experienced a situation where we have created a Word document and then accidentally closed it out without saving it. Is it lost forever? Do I have to recreate the entire document over? Those are just a few of the questions that will be flying around in your head. Take a deep breath, and follow the steps below to recover your document.

How to recover an unsaved Word document

1.You click the File tab => Info =>  Manage Documents.

How to Recover an Unsaved Word Document

2. You select “Recover Unsaved Documents” from the drop-down menu.

Recover Unsaved Documents

3.Click “Open” when you’ve selected the document you want to recover.

document you want to recover

4.Click the Save As button and save your Word document.

You can watch this video to know How to Recover an Unsaved Word Document :

Change the setting AutoRecover Word

If you would like change the frequency with which Microsoft Word automatically saves a recoverable copy of your document, follow the steps below. The default time is set to 10 minutes.

  1. Click the File tab => Options.
  2. In the Options dialog box you click the Save option located on the left side.Change the setting AutoRecover Word
  3. Under Save documents change the minutes to how often you would like Word to save a recoverable version of your document.
  4. When finished click OK

Here’s hoping that you are able to recover all of your work!

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