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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@Smithchow 

 

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!

@Smithchow 

That sounds like a real heart-sinker! But don't lose hope just yet; there are a couple of things you can try to recover deleted Word document back.

Built-in Feature to Try First:

Windows has a nifty little feature called Previous Versions or File History, if you had it set up before the incident. This can be a lifesaver in situations like these. Here’s how you can check:

  1. Navigate to the folder where the document was last saved (your "Documents" folder).
  2. Right-click on the folder and select Properties.
  3. Go to the Previous Versions tab. Here, you might see snapshots of the folder from various dates and times.
  4. If you see a version from before you deleted the file, select it, and click Restore to get your document back.

Reliable Data Recovery Software:

If the built-in feature doesn’t pan out or wasn’t set up, then it's time to look at data recovery software. Here are a few trusted options that work well on Windows 10:

  • AiseeSoft Data Recovery: It’s user-friendly, effective, and has a free version that can do the job for recovering deleted files.
  • D-back Data Recovery Wizard: Offers a free version with a 2GB recovery limit, and it's pretty straightforward to use for recovering lost files.
  • Stellar Data Recovery: This is another powerful tool that comes highly recommended. It’s user-friendly, and there’s a free version available, although with some limitations on recovery amount.

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.

Do you backup your Word document in One Drive? If yes, then you can recover deleted word document on Windows 10 from OneDrive.

OneDrive is a cloud storage service provided by Microsoft that enables users to store files and data online securely. It’s available for free with a Microsoft account and offers a certain amount of storage space, with the option to purchase more if needed. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10, making it easy to back up, share, and access your files from anywhere. Files saved to OneDrive are accessible through the web, a Windows PC, or mobile devices.

Before panicking about a deleted Word document, check your OneDrive folder to see if the file is still there. Files saved directly to OneDrive via the OneDrive folder in Windows 10 are synced online.

Recycle Bin: If you delete a Word document but not empty Recycle Bin, you could undo the deletion from Recycle Bin.

Backup and Restore: Backup and Restore is a built-in Windows backup utility to help you backup and restore files. It was released in Windows 7 and later kept in Windows 8, 10, and 11 with new name - Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Previous version: If you enable the System Restore feature or create a file backup with File History, you could restore deleted Word files with Previous versions feature.

MyRecover: MyRecover is a reliable Windows data recovery software that helps you recover deleted Word document in Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, etc and Windows Server.