How to Recover unsaved Word Document (2010/2007/2003/2002)

Have you ever closed word document without saving. I am sure every single user will do this once in a life. MS word provides an option to setup auto recovery of documents. This can be happen in any version of Word document.
To repair Word 2010: You can use two methods:

1)  First Method:

File menu>>click Recent>>Click Recover Unsaved Documents.

2) Second Method:

Select File > Options > Save>>Select the Save AutoRecover information every … Minutes

Once it done, set the time interval to something like 20 min or 30 min as per your requirements. Then, Select the "Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving" check-box. After that Browse and select another location if you do not like the default autorecover file location. Click OK to save the settings.
Just like word 2010, you can also use autorecover feature in Word 2007, 2003, 2002. But the steps are little bit different. Here are all steps:
Word 2007
1.Microsoft Office Button>>Word Options.
2.In the Navigation Pane, click Save.
3.In the AutoRecover file location box, note the path, and then click Cancel.
4.Close Word.
5.Open the folder that you noted in step 3.
6.Look for files whose names end in .asd.
Word 2003 and Word 2002
1.Tools menu>>Options.
2. File Locations>>AutoRecover files>>note the path>>Cancel>> close.
3.Close Word.
4.Locate the AutoRecover file location.
5.Look for files whose names end in .asd.

Final Note: When you are opening the unsaved word document then you can also use Open and Repair option for troubleshooting word documents that might have got corrupted or damaged.


  1. Thanks a lot This blog did me a great help.

  2. I am happy, you resolved your issue with this post!!

  3. I am not able to recover word doc, could you help me

  4. Hi Bharathi,

    Yes I am happy to help you!!!

    In order to solve your problem, I need some details:
    What is the exact error message?
    What is the MS Office version?


  5. Thank you so very much! This really helped


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