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It's quite a heart-sinking moment when you realize one of your most important Word, Excel or PowerPoint files have somehow been corrupted. And now it either won't open at all, or you're able to view some of the content - but the rest seems to have disappeared as you may have failed to save the changes in an Office document. Hours of hard work wasted. You might have been the victim of a Windows crash, or even a power cut. Wonder is there still hope for you to get those documents back? The answer is yes.

This article will walk you through essential steps of recovering those disappearing office documents. There are no guarantees, but try the following and you could be saved starting again from scratch.

Now, please follow the guide below to recover those lost documents.

Step 1

Download WiseRecovery by clicking here. Make sure that you don't save it to the drive that you need to recover a document from, or you may overwrite the document you need to recover.

Step 2

Run the recovery program by following the on-screen instructions. Make sure that you don't install the program to the same drive that you are trying to recover from.

Step 3

Perform a full scan. Click the "Start Scan" button on the main window of WiseRecovery.

How to Recover Lost Office Documents

Step 4

You can see the list of all volumes found on your computer, select the exact drive and click the "Next" button to start scanning. If you can't see the drive, please make sure your external drives are connected, and click 'Refresh' button.

How to Recover Lost Office Documents

Step 5

Perform a deep scan to look for files. This will take significantly longer, but may result in more documents found. Usually it will take about 2-10 minutes to scan, it depends on your disk size and files amount on the disk.

Step 6

Browse for the file you want. After scanning is finished, you can get a list of all recoverable files to browse through. Look through the list to see if your document was recovered and select your document and click the Restore button.
Note: Before you get your hopes up, one thing you should know is a large percentage of deleted files it does detect cannot be restored. However, if you're in the type of dire straits that you need this program, it's definitely worth trying.


  • If you've accidentally deleted something in a document which is still open, press Ctrl-Z to Undo the mistake. This works in most situations, including in web browsers, so if you've lost an entire email that you just typed or a forum post, try the Ctrl-Z trick.
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