Microsoft Word is one of the most commonly used word processing software available across all platforms. There are times when we are working on a document that we accidentally close without saving. This is the moment when that sinking feeling surrounds our mind with so many questions like what happened? Is all the work lost? Do I have to redo the entire document? If so, take a deep breath and follow our step-by-step guide that can help you recover your lost document.
Microsoft Word is designed to automatically save a word document after a certain interval. Word processing software by default automatically saves the document after every 10 minutes, which can be changed by the user according to preference.
Step 1: Reopen Microsoft Word
Step 2: Hit the File tab
Step 3: Now, head to manage document
Step 4: Select the Unsold Documents option from the drop-down menu.
Step 5: Now it will show the list of all saved Word documents
Step 6: Select the document you want to recover and click Open
Step 7: Once done, the document will be retrieved
Step 8: Now, save the document and start working again
If you are using a Windows 10 computer, there is another workaround that can be helpful in recovering a lost Word document.
In an update, Microsoft introduced a new timeline feature that syncs all recent tasks to the cloud and saves them for up to 30 days if you accidentally shut down a Word document next to Cortana Click the Timeline button located, Task bar.
Click on the button, it will show all the currently opened windows. Scroll down a bit and see the document. Once found, click to open it.