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It's all Microsoft Word user's worst nightmare. You've worked on a MS Word document for several hours, and then accidentally close it without saving, or the power went out, or MS Word crashed. This hazard is going on from time to time.

But don't worry, this guide will walk you through this data loss emergency and help you recover your lost MS Word files.

Method 1 Stop any action on that card or disk!

You should leave the card or disk alone and do not save or delete anything you will view on it after you found something missing.
Any action will lead to a lower success rate of data recovery.
Actually there is something named "file allocation table" in all disks in your computer. If the disk FAT is corrupted or deleted, the computer can never locate the wanted data in the disk.
Therefore you cannot see your deleted files.
However when you delete some files you didn't delete the real file, it is the file's entry from the file allocation table that has been deleted.
The actual contents of the file are still existing on the disk. This is just like a book without a bookmark, you cannot locate the exact page you read last time immediately.
If you save some more files onto that disk, new data will cover the deleted files and your data will hardly be recoverable.

Method 2 Check the recycle bin.

Search the MS Word files you need in the deleted files. Recover them if you found any.

Method 3 Search for the original document.

The original document might not have been removed from the computer. Follow these steps to see whether you can find the document:
Click Start, and then click Search.
In the lower-left corner of the Windows Desktop Search pane, click Click here to use Search Companion, if that option is listed.
In the Search Companion pane, click All Files and Folders.
In the All or part of the file name box, type the name of the document that you want to find.
In the Look in box, click My Computer, and then click Search.

Method 4 MS Word Auto-Recover Feature.

After closing the Word file unwittingly, open up a new MS Word document again.

Go to File – Info – Manage Versions. Click on the little dropdown and select Recover Unsaved Documents.
MS Word opens the location where a copy of the draft resides.
Select the draft, opening it up as a fresh MS Word document and saving it properly using the Save As button on the business bar at the top of the document. These draft will be kept for four days and then they are automatically deleted.


While opening the unsaved document, you can also make use of the Open & Repair feature for troubleshooting documents that might have got corrupted or damaged.

Method 5  Features of WiseRecovery.

There is a lot of good deleted files recovery software on the market now. Let's take WiseRecovery as an example.

Recover deleted office document, photo, image, video, music, email, etc.

Recover from hard drive, USB drive, memory card, memory stick, camera card, Zip, floppy disk or other storage media.

Support FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS/NTFS5 file systems.

Specify file types before file recovery to find lost files quickly.

600+ File Formats: Photos, videos, music, docs, emails, .zip, etc.

Still Can't Recover Lost MS Word Documents?

Download WiseRecovery and Recover Lost Files Yourself!

How to use WiseRecovery?

Step 1

Download WiseRecovery, open it and Click Scan.

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Step 2

Select the drive or card that where the lost files had been stored.
Click Scan. The software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files.

Step 3

Find the files you want to restore in the scan result.
Select them and click Recover.Set a destination folder to save the recovered files. You can find the recovered files in the destination folder. Attention: The destination folder can't be in the same drive as the drive you scanned.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use your disk to save new files after you find your data lost!
  • Lost Files or Formatted Disks can be recovered as long as they haven't been damaged or overwritten!
  • A good recovery tool can be very helpful.Backup is a good habit if you always deal with important files.
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