How to Recover Unsaved Documents in Microsoft Word 2013

Have you ever experienced working on a very gruesome book report or a ridiculously lengthy speech when suddenly Microsoft Word encountered a serious error and then closes without a sign? I’m sure each one of us did at one point in our tech-dependent lives. That’s like all horror characters rolled into one movie. You don’t know if you would either scream with anger or break down and just cry your heart out.

But then again, you’re already using Office 2013. Luckily enough, the newest version of Word automatically saves a temporary copy of your unsaved work, which you can retrieve right away. If you need to recover an unsaved document in Word 2013, here’s how you can do so.

If your Word unexpectedly closed, relaunch the program, and then click the File menu at the upper left corner of the window. From the menu, select Info and then click the Manage Versions option. There will be a sub-option, and from there, select Recover Unsaved Documents.

Now all unsaved files (if there’s more than one), will appear in the Open window. Since the document has never been saved, it may be identified with an unusual filename, just a bunch of letters and numbers. Select the document, and then click Open. It is possible that the document you are looking for may not be the one you have selected to open. In that case, try another document from the list and see if it’s the one. It’s also possible that the document you have retrieved may not contain all the content from where you left off before Word unexpectedly crashed. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about it but to redo the lost content. A yellow bar will appear just below the main menu labeled as RECOVERED UNSAVED FILE. Along that bar, click the Save As button, and then go to the location where you want the document to be saved.

Once you’re done saving the file, you may now proceed in opening the Word document you’ve been dying to get back to.


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