Recover Document Not Saved in Word  Detailed Guide ▷ 2020

Word’s autosave is one of the most useful tools out there in the newer Office versions. They provide the user with practicality and comfort, as they must completely forget about “Ctrl + G”.

In addition, for any power outage suffered by the equipment, you will have the possibility to recover your task from the moment you left it. Consider that if you do not have this function active, nothing is saved.

In the event that your computer suffers an interruption, you can recover the files that you have not saved in different ways, which we will show you in this article with its step by step.

Autosave in Word what is it and how does it work?

Autosave in Word What is it and how does it work?

As the name implies, this tool is a native Office feature, allows the document you are working with to be saved automatically every moment, while you are using it. In this way, you will avoid losing information if there is a sudden interruption in your computer. For example, you ran out of charge on your laptop battery.

You will find the autosave represented by a floppy disk icon and a circled arrow at the top left of Word. It is enabled by default in the package office 365 as long as the document is saved in OneDrive. To disable it you will have to run the switch, located next to the icon that we have mentioned, to the left.

Steps to open a recent unsaved document in Word

If for some reason you do not have the autosave function activated and the document you were working with has been closed, do not worry that you will be able to recover it. You can do this with the lost document recovery tool that comes with the text computer.

To achieve this, you will have to do the following guide, if you have the Word backup function activated:

  • Open the folder in which you saved the document you lost.
  • Search within this files with the extension “.Wbk”.
  • If you can’t find the place you think you have saved it, you should try a more general search. For this you can type in the search bar located to the right of the Windows icon “.Wbk”.
  • When the file with the extension you are looking for appears, double click on it and Word will automatically restore the file and call it “Backup of [nombre que le habías puesto]”.
  • Open Word, go to the option “Archive” and then click on “Examine”.
  • In the countryside “Files of type”, choose the option “All the files”.
  • Select the backup and then click “Open”.

In case you do not have the backup activated In Word you will have to follow the process that we will indicate below. You must bear in mind that the word processor has a function that is the auto-recovery of files, to which it adds the extension “.Asd” and they appear on the left side of a panel each time a document from this program is opened.

In this way, you can try to recover your file through the document recovery task pane. For that, follow these steps:

  • Right click on the Windows taskbar.
  • A window will open and choose “Task Manager”. You can also do this step by pressing “Ctrl + Alt + Del”.
  • Go to the tab “Processes” and look for all the tasks you see from “Word” or from “Winword.exe”. Select each of them and click on “Finish homework”.
  • Once you have finished with all the ones that appeared in the list you must close the Task Manager.

Open Word and you will see if the program has detected the auto-recovery file. You can see this on the left, as an additional panel to the word processor you will have. If you find the file, it will appear with the name you have chosen plus the word “Recovered”. Click on the document and select “Save as” to give it a new name so you can save it.

When Word cannot auto-recover a file since you didn’t find it automatically, you’ll need to follow this guide:

  • Open your word processor.
  • Go to option “Archive”.
  • Then you will have to click on “Open” and search “Examine” to click on it.
  • Finally, choose “Recover documents without saving”.

The last option you have is to search temporary files. Remember that the extension for this type of data is “.Tmp” or the character “~”. What you should do in this case is the following:

  • Type in the Windows Start menu bar “.Tmp”.
  • Tap on “Start search”.
  • In the tool bar you must choose “Show only”.
  • Look for the option “Other”.

A list will appear with all the files you are looking for according to the name you have assigned to the document you have lost.

In case you have not found anything, repeat these steps, but instead of writing “.Tmp” choose “~”.

So far we have shown all the steps you can take if your document is not damaged. The last alternative you have, if you still haven’t been able to recover the Word file, is to follow these steps:

  • Launch Word.
  • Go to “View”.
  • Select option “Views” and click on “Draft”.
  • Click on the tab “Archive”.
  • Search “Options” and then click on “Advanced”.
  • Choose “Show document content”.
  • Tap on “Use draft font in Draft and Outline views.”
  • Then click “Show image placeholders.”
  • Find the section “General” and choose “Update automatic links on opening”.
  • Tap on “To accept”.
  • Tap on “Archive” and then in “Open”.
  • Find the damaged file and try to open it.

How long does a document stay in the unsaved folder before disappearing?

How long does a document stay in the unsaved folder before disappearing?

Unsaved files will remain until you restart Word. At that moment the system will ask you if you want to show it to you later or delete it because you’ve already used what you needed.

In case you answer to show it to you later, the process will restart, so each time start Word it will ask you again if you want to save or delete it.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will also be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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