How to Recover Word Document That Was Not Saved Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will discuss how to recover a Word document that was not saved on a Mac. Losing an unsaved document can be frustrating, but with the right steps, you can potentially recover your work and avoid starting from scratch.

1. Check AutoRecovery

If you have AutoRecovery enabled in your Word settings, there is a chance that a temporary copy of your unsaved document is available.

  • Step 1: Open Microsoft Word on your Mac.
  • Step 2: Go to the “Word” menu in the top menu bar and select “Preferences”.
  • Step 3: In the Preferences window, click on “Save”.
  • Step 4: Check if “Save AutoRecover information every [X] minutes” is enabled and note the location specified under “AutoRecover file location”.
  • Step 5: Close the Preferences window.
  • Step 6: Go to Finder and navigate to the AutoRecover file location from step 4.
  • Step 7: Look for files with names starting with “AutoRecovery save of”.

2. Recover from Temporary Folder

If you were not able to find your document through AutoRecovery, there is still a possibility that it was saved in the Temporary folder by Word.

  • Step 1: Open Finder on your Mac.
  • Step 2: Click on “Go” in the top menu bar and select “Go to Folder”.
  • Step 3: In the “Go to Folder” window, enter “~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.Word/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery/” and click “Go”.
  • Step 4: Look for files with names starting with “AutoRecovery save of”.

3. Search for Temporary Files

If you still haven’t found your unsaved document, you can try searching for temporary files that Word may have created.Word/Data/Library/Caches/Microsoft/Office/16.0/Waste Basket/” and click “Go”.

  • Step 4: Look for files with names similar to your document’s name or starting with “~WRL”.
  • 4. Use Time Machine Backup (optional)

    If you have Time Machine set up on your Mac, it’s worth checking if a previous version of your Word document is available.

    5. Prevent Future Data Loss

    To avoid losing important work in the future, it’s crucial to develop a habit of saving regularly and enabling AutoRecovery in your Word settings.

    In conclusion, losing an unsaved Word document can be a frustrating experience, but by following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you have a chance of recovering your work. Remember to check AutoRecovery, the Temporary folder, and search for temporary files. Additionally, consider setting up regular backups using Time Machine to prevent data loss in the future.

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