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How to recover lost Word files

How to recover a deleted Word document?

The first step for deleted Word document recovery is to look in the Recycle Bin! If the document is not in the Recycle Bin, and you are sure it must have been deleted recently, then use Data Recovery Wizard to recover the deleted Word document.

How to recover a lost Word document?

Microsoft Word will "lose" documents in certain situations. For example, it may lose a document if Word is forced to quit unexpectedly, if your computer has a power interruption while you’re writing, or if you close the document without saving changes.

If you don't know how the Word document was lost, if it may have been deleted a long time ago, or if it has been overwritten or corrupted, then it is best to use Data Recovery Wizard. This product is often able to recover Word documents even when parts of the original file have been overwritten, by searching for previously saved copies made while the document was being created and edited.

Searching for the Original Document.
  • In Windows, click Start, Search, and then For Files or Folders.
  • In the Search for files or folders named box, type the file name.
  • In the Look in box, click "My Computer". (This searches your entire computer - if you know that the file is in a specific area, for example, "My Documents", then change this accordingly.)
  • Click "Search Now". If the Search Results box does not show the file, continue with the following steps to search for all Word Documents.
  • In the Search for files or folders named box, type *.doc. Tip: In computer terminology, the asterisk * is used to select all options. By entering *.doc you're telling the computer to search for all files with the .doc extension.
  • Click "Search Now".
If you still cannot find the file, open the Recycle Bin and follow these steps.
  • Open the Recycle Bin.
  • On the View menu, click Details.
  • Click Arrange Icons and click by Delete Date. This allows you to filter this list according to the date when the files were deleted. If you know that your files went missing yesterday, you can look at this date.
  • When you find the document that you are looking for, right-click on it, and click Restore.
Search for Word Backup Files.

WMany users rely on the Always create backup copy setting (see Tools > Options > Save tab) to automatically create a backup copy of their files.

While the obvious advantage is that it always creates a backup file, the downside is that it makes Word work very hard. As it has to continually save backup copies, it will reduce your computer's performance. Quite often, Word will freeze when it backs up a large file.

To find the backup file, follow these steps:
  • Open the folder where you last saved the missing file.
  • Search for files with the .wbk extension. (Word BacKup)
Search for AutoRecover Files.
  • Double-click the file in the Document Recovery pane.
  • Click Save As.
  • Save the document as a .doc file.
Search for Temporary Files.
  • Click Start, click Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
  • In the Search for files or folders named box, type *.TMP.
  • In the Look in box, point to the arrow, and then click My Computer.
  • If the Search Options are not visible, click Search Options.
  • Click to select the Date check box, click in the last "n" days, and then change "n" to the number of days since you last opened the file.
  • Click Search Now.
  • On the View menu, click Details, point to Arrange Icons, and click by Date.
  • Scroll down searching for files that match the last few dates and times that you edited the document.
Search for "~" Files.
  • In Windows, click Start, click Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
  • In the Search for files or folders named box, type ~*.*.
  • Click Search Now.
  • On the View menu, click Details and then sort by Date.
  • Scroll through the files for documents that match the last date that you edited the document.
If the recovered Word document is still damaged.

Microsoft Word tries to automatically recover a damaged document if it detects a problem with the file. You can also "force" Word to try to recover a document when you open it.
  1. On the File menu, click Open.
  2. In the File of type list, click All Files *.*.
  3. In the Open dialog box, select your document.
  4. Point to the arrow on the Open button, and then click Open and Repair.
Or try using some Microsoft Word document fix tool. These products are often able to repair corrupt Word documents using text found in previously saved copies of the file. Our product will have the word fix function. You can send the files to us repair. Please see: File Repair.

To recover Word files from a drive, follow these steps:

1.Click the "AdvancedRecovery" button on the main window of Data Recovery Wizard.

2.You can see the list of all logical volumes found on your computer.

3. Choose one of them and press the "Next" button (if you are familiar with file system details, you can change "OPTION" before pressing the "Next" button)

4. Data Recovery Wizard will read file system on selected volume.

5.This step may take some time depending on the size of disk space. You have to wait until scanning is finished.

6. Otherwise Data Recovery Wizard may not be able to find and recover lost Word files.

7.After this scanning is finished, you'll see file/folder tree.

8.You can click "Search" or "Filter" to see search office document and right click to preview the word file.

9. Select the file or folder that you want to recover and press the "Next" button.

10.Select a directory and press the "Next" button to save the data.

Note: You can also use "RAWRecovery" to recover lost Word files.

Caution: Saving file(s) to the partition or drive from where you are recovering data, for it may result in overwriting of data, and would result in permanent data loss!!!

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