I forgot to save my Word Document overnight and the computer shut down. Upon re-opening, Word asked me if I want to keep the Recovery Files. I clicked No.

Is there any chance I can still recover my document from last night?


Yes, I could recover that document. Here are the steps:

  1. a) Open the recycle bin, find the .asd file with the right title and modification date, and restore it. Write down its file path (or copy it into a text file). (This worked for me.)

    b) Search your user directory for any .asd files with the right title and modification date. Note the file path.

  2. Open Word. Go to File > Info > Manage Document > Recover Unsaved Documents

  3. Navigate to the restored file, highlight it, and click Open

  4. Save it in a location where you can find it again.

I got this approach (except for step 1) from EaseUS.

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