Last week we posted a tip about how to recover unsaved word document, and we may also face other issues for word recovery, such as you permanently deleted your important 30-page word file by accident or you can’t find the document after a system crash or file corrupted.

Today we will show you some tips about lost/deleted word file recovery.

1, how to recover deleted and lost word document

Like we said before, there is always a chance to retrieve word document after you files deleted or lost, even after you empty the Recycle Bin. To recover deleted word document, you can follow the next methods:

Method 1: Check your Recycle Bin for a deleted document

Typically, The word files we deleted will move to Recycle Bin immediately. You can find and recover a deleted document easily if you don’t use “Shift+Del” for a permanently delete. If you are not familiar with Recycle Bin operations or have some issue with it, check our tips for Recycle Bin Recovery below

Related Article: Recycle Bin Recovery – All you need to know

Method 2: recover deleted/lost document with word Autosave and Autorecover

Like unsaved document recovery, we can also recover the deleted word files in the same way. Word will monitor your documents and create recoverable files automatically. When word detects your files deletion or missing, there may be a Recovery pane coming up when you reopen the word.

If Word didn’t find anything, you still could search the Autorecover files Manually by the following steps:

  1. Open the windows explorer or windows search
  2. Search for *.asd files
  3. Use word to open the files

There may be some differences between the word versions to open autorecover files.

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If you open the .asd files successfully then congratulations, you get your documents back!

Method 3: recover deleted/lost word file with Word Backup files

It’s almost the same process for search autorecover files, Instead, search for backup files AKA *.wbk, Usually you will see this backup files name started with the term “Backup of”.

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Method 4: recover deleted/lost document with Word temporary files

We also talk about this at unsaved files recovery article, use windows search or windows explorer to search for temporary files with extension .tmp and remember to check the temp file name start as “~” carefully.

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Method 5: Recover deleted/lost word file from system or software backup

If you had done the windows backup setting before, you could restore the files from system backup. Also, if you install any of the local or cloud Backup/Sync software like Dropbox and OneDrive, remember to check the deleted files on the remote storage.

Method 6: Recover deleted/lost word document with iFinD data recovery software

If you still can’t find the files with any of the methods above, you can try our professional data recovery software.

With iFinD data recovery, It’s effortless to recover deleted word document in 3 steps. You can download and install the software free here.

Step 1. Open the software, Click the first button “Lost file recovery” and select the partition you store the word documents to scan deleted files.

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Step 2. You can pause the scan or wait for the finish, Click the “Type” – “Office” – DOC or DOCX word document type.

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Step 3. Select the word files you deleted on the right column, Then click the “Recover” button on the bottom to retrieve your word document.

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Finally, you get the deleted documents back!

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Best Practices to avoid deleted/lost word document

  • Delete your files WITHOUT Keys “Shift”, and then you always have a second chance to restore your deleted files.

  • Turn on your AutoRecover options in word and select a befitting saving time period.

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  • Turn on your backup options in word and let word always create a backup file for you.

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  • Using windows backup to protect your valuable files, you never know when and how you will lose your data.

  • Using a Cloud backup in double ensures your data safe. We have lots of free and paid options like Dropbox, OneDrive and more.