Maybe I’ve been living in the past, but until just a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t realize how easy recovering an unsaved Word document can be. What initially was extreme annoyance and frustration at myself for losing a document became relief and a moment of “Whew!” when I found my Word file, waiting patiently for me, just a few minutes later. Here’s my story.
I had been typing a document using Microsoft Word 2013 while multitasking with other applications. After some time, I decided to close the windows I was no longer using, so I right-clicked the Word icon at the bottom of the screen and chose to “Close window.” I received a message asking if I wanted to save my changes, but as I was in a rush, I selected “Don’t Save.” The application closed just as I realized that I really needed this document but had not saved it anywhere!
I was bummed and annoyed at myself. From what I remembered of old versions of Word, if you forgot to save your file, you were pretty much out of luck. I felt little hope that the file existed anymore, but even so, I decided to search a bit on the Web just in case there would be some remedy for my error.
I don’t remember what my exact search terminology was, and I don’t even remember where I found the exact solution, but here it is. I restarted Word and then selected Open. Then I searched the pathway C:\Users\Jennifer\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles. An .asd file was sitting in the UnsavedFiles folder with a name that matched the first characters of my old document, so I selected it, and the file opened in Word—and it was my much-needed file, as good as it was when I closed it!
Since that incident happened, I noticed something I had never seen before. The message I mentioned above that appears when I am closing the file actually includes a statement that a copy of the file will be temporarily available. I suppose that my early years with Word left me thinking that this was not possible. I don’t know how long this wonderful provision has been around, but thank you, Microsoft! You saved my day.