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Guide to Retrieving Unsaved or Lost Word Documents on a Mac

iBoysoft author Ryone Visscher
Written by Ryone Visscher

The best way to recover lost Word documents on a Mac involves checking the trash for accidentally deleted files, using Time Machine backups, and searching the temp file directory. Additionally, accessing the AutoRecovery folder for Microsoft Word can help retrieve unsaved documents.

 

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TLDR: You can recover lost Word documents on a Mac by checking the trash, using Time Machine backups, accessing the temp file directory, utilizing the Auto Recover feature, and activating autosave in Word preferences.

For lost, permanently deleted, or unsaved files like Word documents, the quickest and easiest way to get them back is to use a data recovery tool.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is an easy-to-operate program that supports recovering unsaved Word documents, Excel files, PDFs, and other files. It also can help you recover permanently lost files that are emptied from Trash or deleted by pressing Shift + Command + Delete.

Here's how to use iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac to retrieve deleted, lost, or unsaved Word documents on Mac:

  1. Download, install, and open iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac on your Mac.
  2. Select the startup disk and click Search for Lost Data.
  3. Let the app finish searching for the deleted, lost, or unsaved files on your Mac.
  4. Check the scanning results via the type to quickly find the Word document, preview and select it, and click Recover to save it to another destination.

1. 00:00 ๐Ÿ” Recover lost Word documents on a Mac.

2. 00:54 ๐Ÿ” Check your Trash for accidentally deleted Word documents, and consider using Time Machine backups to restore lost files.

3. 01:45 ๐Ÿ” Search for unsaved or lost Word documents on a Mac by accessing the temp file directory through the terminal in the utilities folder on the desktop.

4. 02:57 ๐Ÿ” Check multiple locations and use the AutoRecovery feature to find unsaved or lost Word documents on a Mac.

5. 04:32 ๐Ÿ” Type in command in Finder to access the hidden AutoRecovery folder where Word documents are backed up every 10 minutes.

6. 05:16 ๐Ÿ” If you lose a Word document on a Mac, check the AutoRecovery folder for unsaved files.

7. 06:06 ๐Ÿ’ป Always activate autosave in Word preferences to ensure your documents are saved, and consider using OneDrive for extra backup.

8. 07:23 ๐Ÿ’ป Type ".docx" in Finder to search for unsaved Word documents, and consider using a data recovery tool if needed.

Guide to Retrieving Unsaved or Lost Word Documents on a Mac Video Summary

๐Ÿ’ป Whether your computer crashed or you lost power, I'll help you recover your lost Word documents on a Mac.

โณ Time Machine backups can be a lifesaver in finding lost files on your Mac.

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Searching through the temp directory on a Mac can help locate lost or unsaved files.

๐Ÿ“‚ Different versions of Microsoft Office save autosave files in different locations, so it's important to check all the common ones to find unsaved or lost Word documents on a Mac.

๐Ÿ’ป Microsoft Office automatically backs up Word documents every 10 minutes, providing a safety net for potential data loss.

๐Ÿ”„ Once you close a document, auto-recovery on Mac does not maintain or keep the document in its folder, making it difficult to retrieve unsaved work.

๐Ÿ’พ Always activate autosave in Word preferences to ensure your documents are saved, especially if you're a OneDrive user.

๐Ÿ’ป If none of this helps and you do not have access to your document, there's always the idea of using a data recovery tool to try and pull up any previous missing files.

FAQs about Retrieving Unsaved or Lost Word Documents on a Mac

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You can try to recover the unsaved Word document with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac. This advanced data recovery tool can help you search for your Mac startup disk to retrieve the unsaved Word document.

Download, install, and open iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.
Select the Mac startup disk and click Search for Lost Data.
After scanning, check the scanning results via the type to find your unsaved Word document.
Preview the unsaved Word document and click Recover to save it to a different destination.

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You can recover the unsaved Word document on your Mac from the built-in temporary folder. Open Terminal, type in open $TMPDIR and press Enter, access the Temporaryitems folder, and find the files starting with ~Word Word in name. Then, you can open the target file with TextEdit and then copy the text to a new Word document. If this way is useless, you can use a data recovery tool like iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac to get back the unsaved Word document on your Mac.