You may be able to get back your document if Word suddenly crashes by searching for the temporary copy of a file that it creates while you are working with it. The temporary file can be restored by two methods.
When any Microsoft Office application closes unexpectedly, the Document Recovery feature fires up the next time you open the Office app. This helps you recover files that were not saved when the program crashed.
The Document Recovery Window will open and you will be presented with a list of files that are available for recovery. You can click on each file to open it and review it. Once you open a file it is available for editing in Word.
Files that you do not open and therefore choose not to recover will be displayed the next time you open Word. You can delete the files that you definitely don’t want and you can choose to review the ones you are unsure of next time Word starts. When you close the Document Recovery pane you will have these two options regarding the handling of the available files.
Yes, I want to view these files later (safest option) - Select this option if you might want to access the files at a later time.
No, remove the files. I have saved the files I need - Select this option if you are sure you won’t need the data contained in the files.
Microsoft Word has an AutoRecovery feature that can help you recover unsaved documents. It is turned on by default when you install the application and automatically saves a copy of open documents every 10 minutes. You can modify this setting to have the app save at a shorter or longer time interval if you like. If the application or your computer happens to crash while you are working on a Word document, you can recover it to the state it was in when last automatically saved.
AutoRecovery makes use of the Document Recovery feature described above and will fire up when you start Microsoft Word. In cases where your computer has crashed, follow these steps to restart Word and recover unsaved files.
Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013
Word 2019, Word 2016, or Word 2013
In order to find out where Word saves AutoRecover files on your computer, you can navigate to the Microsoft Office File menu and select the Options tab. In the Word Options dialog box, select the Save option. The path that contains the AutoRecover files will be displayed along with other parameters.
You may be able to retrieve a Word document that has not been saved by using the Recover Unsaved Documents option. Access this option by opening a blank document and clicking on File > Info > Manage Document. Select the desired unsaved document and click Open to recover the document.
To recover a replaced Word document you need to:
To retrieve a deleted text in Word:
To turn on autosave in Word:
To restore a previous version of a Word doc on a Mac: