How to Recover Unsaved MS Word Documents on Windows 10

Imagine typing a very important document on your Windows 10 PC and after all the hard work, you discover that the Word document wasn’t saved. From experience, we know that this can lead to all kinds of negative emotions. But what if there was a way to recover the “lost” document, will you take it? Of course, you would. This is why we have written this article to guide you on how to recover unsaved MS word documents on Windows 10.

1. Recover Unsaved Documents using Windows Tools

Follow these steps to recover the unsaved document using Windows tools:

Step 1: Click on “File” in MS Word

Step 2: Click on “Manage Versions”

Step 3: Select “Recover Unsaved Documents”. A new window will open when you do this.

Step 4: From the list of unsaved documents, click on the document you want, then click “Open”.

The document has now been recovered.

To prevent losing it again, save it by clicking File > Save as or you can press “F12” or “ctrl + s”.

If this method doesn’t work, try the next one…

2. Recover Unsaved Documents using MS Word Tools

You can use this method if your PC went off suddenly probably due to loss of power, etc.

You don’t need to panic, simply re-open MS Word, and at the left panel of the office application, you will find the document recovery tab. Any unsaved document that you were working on while the loss of power occurred can be found there.

To restore the document, simply double-click on the document and it will become available.

3. Recover Unsaved Documents using AutoRecover  

You can recover unsaved documents using Windows AutoRecover following the steps below:

Step 1: Move your mouse cursor to the taskbar, then right-click.

Step 2: Click on “Task Manager”

Step 3: Click on the “Processes” tab

Step 4: Choose and right-click on “Microsoft Word”

Step 5: Click on “End Process”

Step 6: Re-open MS Word.

If any unsaved documents were recovered automatically, you will find them on the document recovery tab by the left as we explained above.

In the event the document isn’t recovered automatically, then search for the lost document manually using method 1 which we already shared.

If this still doesn’t recover the document, you need to take a more serious approach which we discuss below…

4. Recover Unsaved Documents using DiskInternals Word Recovery

At this point, you are bringing out the big guns to the fight. DiskInternals Word Recovery is an amazing software that can be used to restore all types of Word Documents including .docx, .doc, .asd, etc.

It can be used to recover documents that you unintentionally deleted, formatted, got lost due to system error, or just didn’t save before exiting MS Word.

You will have to download the software to make use of it. This downloaded version is a trial version, you will be asked to purchase the full version later.

Recover your unsaved documents with DiskInternals Word Recovery using the following steps:

Step 1: Download the software here: You can either go for the trial or the full version.

Step 2: Install the software following the on-screen promptings.

Step 3: Launch the software which will start the recovery wizard.

Step 4: Choose the location where the document was saved.

Step 5: Run the scan. We recommend you use a full scan. Wait a bit for the scan to be done. The files you want to be restored will be displayed.

Step 6: Right-click the Word document you want to recover

Step 7: Choose “Preview in New Window”. Once you do this, the recovery will automatically start.

Step 8: You need to buy the full version to save because the license key will be required. While saving, ensure you don’t save it in the same location as the original document. If you do that, you that will just overwrite the original document without recovering it.


While the first three methods might fail, using the last method will recover your documents. We recommend it as the last approach to take when others have failed.

We hope we’ve been able to guide you on how to recover unsaved word documents on Windows 10. If we have, feel free to let us know, and if you have further questions, feel free to reach out to us as well.

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