Don’t be worried when you want to recover Word document but don’t know a good way; we’re going to help you with this.
As you know, wrong operations (such as mistaken deletion and formatting), virus attacks, hardware failures and many other reasons can all lead to disappearance/collapse of Word document. And in most cases, the information stored in that lost document is very valuable, for example, trading record, academic paper, personal information, etc.
Have you ever met one of the following situations?
– You come across power supply failure/system crash while editing document.
– You have deleted useful document by regarding it as a useless one.
– Your computer is attacked by virus and some Word documents disappear.
– You accidentally close the document without saving the changes after working on it for some time.
You must be eager to find an effective way to recover Word document, right? That’s why we start thinking about writing this article. In the following part, we’ll show you how to recover deleted Word document and how to recover corrupt Word document respectively.
Top Tips on How to Recover Word Document
If you unluckily find an important Word document is missing, you must have thought: oh my god, how could this happen. Could I find the lost Word document? Our answer is – of course, you can; you should follow the methods we’re going to introduce to regain valuable document at once.
Here, we provide 2 choices for you – recover lost Word document with third-party recovery software or the built-in AutoSave function. You should choose the one that is most suitable for your case.
Recover Deleted Word Document with Recovery Software
When editing & managing files saved in a Word document, some users, who are relatively familiar with computer operation, would prefer to use “Ctrl + Z” to undo previous wrong operations. This is a very convenient way to bring back your document to its last status.
However, the “Ctrl + Z” method could fail if you have deleted a Word document by mistake and realize it right after deletion. At this time, you should resort to MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
Here’re things you should do in order to recover deleted Word document:
- Download free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery and install it to the drive which doesn’t include any files to recover.
- Launch the software immediately and choose “Undelete Recovery” from its main window.
- Select the drive that contains deleted document and press “Scan” button in the lower right corner to start searching for files in it.
- Browse the found files at the end of the scan and pick out the Word document you need.
- Click on “Save” button and choose a path to save the checked document to a drive which contains no file waiting to be recovered.
The recovery of Word document would be done in a blink of an eye. And a message will pop up in software at the end of recovery, to suggest you that you can go to the corresponding place to check the recovered Word document.
If you want to know more details on how to recover a permanently deleted file in Windows, you should check This Tool Can Recover Permanently Deleted Files In Windows 7.
Recover Corrupt Word Document with Built-in Recovery Option
If the Word program or computer system corrupted suddenly, leaving no chance for you to save the current Word document. You may lose it after a restart. In this case, we suggest you recover corrupt Word document with the AutoSave function of Microsoft Word.
Firstly, you should make sure the AutoSave function is enabled:
Click on “File” option in upper left corner -> choose “Options” -> navigate to “Save” -> see whether the “Save AutoRecover information every * minutes” option is checked.
Secondly, you can recover from the automatically saved Word document after an unexpected shutdown:
Click on “File” option in upper left corner -> choose “Options” -> navigate to “Save” -> remember the “AutoRecover file location” -> go to the corresponding place and find the word file you need –> click it to open and recover.
By the way, you can also recover a Word document to a previous version before closing it by following those:
Click on “File” option in upper left corner -> navigate to “Info” (which is often selected by default) -> click on the version you need from the right panel (under “Versions” list) -> choose to “Restore” to this version or go to check another version.
This article (Ultimate Guide On How To Recover A Word Document) tells more about how to recover a lost Word document.
Introduction to Versions of Microsoft Word
Up to now, Microsoft has released Microsoft Word 97, Microsoft Word 98, Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Word 2001, Microsoft Word 2002/XP, Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Word 2004, Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Word 2013.
Among them, the Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013 are the most popular ones.
Written by Anna Lan