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Recover Lost or Unsaved Word Documents

Recover Lost or unsaved Word Documents. Microsoft Office has a fantastic feature built in where it can recover unsaved new documents (just in case you do what I did)! Now in order to use this feature, you will need to have Save AutoRecover information… and Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving enabled inside Microsoft Office. (If you’re not sure if you do, I have included the steps to enable this at the bottom of this post)

Scenario:

You may not see the file which was editing in the previous session. (It might closed without saving it)

Resolution steps:

Here are the steps to take to recover your unsaved new document in Microsoft Office Excel, Work, or PowerPoint 2010 if you inadvertently close it before saving it:

Method 1:

  1. Open the Office 2010 applications that you were using.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Click Recent.
  4. Click Recover Unsaved Documents if you are in Word 2010, Recover Unsaved Workbooks if you are in Excel 2010 or Recover Unsaved Presentations if you are in PowerPoint 2010.

Method 2: You can also access these files by using these steps:

  1. Open the Office 2010 application you were using.
  2. Open a new file or any existing file.
  3. Click the File tab.
  4. Click Info.
  5. Click Manage Versions.
  6. Click Recover Unsaved Documents if you are in Word 2010, Recover Unsaved Workbooks if you are in Excel 2010 or Recover Unsaved Presentations if you are in PowerPoint 2010.

7. You will see the list of your unsaved files. Select the file and click Open.

8. In the business bar at the top of the file, click Save As to save your file to your computer.

Note: You can also browse to one of the following file locations to open the file, depending on your operating system:

Windows10/Windows 8/8.1/Windows 7/Windows Vista

C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

C:\User_Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Unsaved Files

Note: These file locations cannot be changed.

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