How to Recover Deleted Word Document on Windows 10

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I recently deleted a crucial Microsoft Word document by mistake on my Windows 10 PC and urgently need to recover it. After deleting, I emptied my Recycle Bin, realizing too late that the document was gone. I've attempted basic recovery steps like using the "Undo" feature without success and am wary of downloading recovery tools without recommendations.


Could anyone suggest reliable data recovery software compatible with Windows 10, or if there's a built-in feature I might have missed that could help? The document was last located in my "Documents" folder and is a .docx file.


I greatly appreciate any advice or tips you can share to help recover my document. Your expertise and suggestions will be invaluable to me during this stressful time. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Generally, there are three different approaches to recover deleted word document on a Windows 10 computer. 


1. Check the OneDrive Recycle Bin: If you have OneDrive installed and have been syncing your Documents folder with it, your document may still be in the OneDrive Recycle Bin. To check, go to the OneDrive website and sign in with your account. On the left-hand side, click on "Recycle Bin" and see if your document is there. If it is, right-click on it and choose "Restore" to put it back in your Documents folder.


2. Use the Windows File History feature: If you have File History enabled on your PC, you may be able to restore a previous version of your document. To do this, go to your Documents folder, right-click on it, and choose "Properties." From there, click on the "Previous Versions" tab and look for a version of the file that was created before it was deleted. If you find one, select it and click "Restore."


3. Try Data Recovery Software: Some of the professional data recovery software like D-Back are able to recover deleted files from Windows 10, including the word document. Below is a list of deleted Word document scanned by D-Back. This means there are all recoverable after deletion. Check out this step-by-step guide for recovering deleted files with D-Back.


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Remember, the sooner you attempt to recover your file, the better your chances of success. Don't wait too long to try these steps, as the deleted file could be overwritten by other data on your PC. Good luck!

To recover unsaved Word documents, Microsoft Word's AutoRecover feature is a crucial lifeline. This feature periodically saves a version of your document automatically while you work on it. However, it's important to note that for AutoRecover to function, it must have been enabled before the document was lost. You can check its status or enable it for future documents by going to File > Options > Save in Word and ensuring the "Save AutoRecover information every x minutes" and "Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving" options are selected.


If you need to recover an unsaved document using AutoRecover, start by opening Word. Often, if Word detects any autosaved documents that were not properly saved during the previous session, it will display these documents in the "Document Recovery" pane automatically. If you see your document here, you can simply open it and save it properly. This is the most straightforward way to recover unsaved documents.


However, if the Document Recovery pane doesn't appear or doesn't list your document, you can search for AutoRecover files manually. To do this, you need to know the location where Word saves these files. By default, AutoRecover files are saved in a folder located at C:\Users[Your Username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word. To navigate to this folder, you can open File Explorer, type the path into the address bar (replacing "[Your Username]" with your actual username), and press Enter. Once in the folder, look for files with the ".asd" extension, which are AutoRecover files.


When you locate the AutoRecover file, double-clicking it should open it in Word. From there, you can save the document as you normally would. If you're unable to open the file directly, you can try opening Word first, then go to File > Open > Browse, navigate to the folder containing the AutoRecover file, and select it from there. Remember, it's always a good idea to regularly save your documents and keep the AutoRecover feature enabled to minimize the risk of losing important work.