How to Recover Documents in Word 2013

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You’ve been pounding away at your keyboard for hours, having nearly finished a lengthy report for school or work, when Microsoft Word closes unexpectedly. Your pulse quickens when you suddenly realize that you haven’t saved your file. Panic rises in your throat. Sound familiar?

No need to fear — Word 2013 saves a temporary copy of your unsaved work that you can recover in a matter of seconds. Just follow these simple steps to pick up right where you left off.

1. Click “File” at the top left of the screen.

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2. Click “Info” at the top of the left-hand menu

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3. Click the “Manage Versions” button in the Info pane.

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4. Select “Recover Unsaved Documents” from the drop-down menu.

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5. Click “Open” when you’ve selected the document you want to recover.

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6. Click “Save As” at the top of the screen.

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  1. Geoff Says:

    Thank you so much David! Just saved my lengthy research project.

  2. Nancy Says:

    As I sit her mopping up tears… I can NOT thank you enough. I just restored 6 hours of work… You are my HERO!

  3. Ben Says:

    OH GOD THANK YOU! Just saved 5 hours of work. I have no idea what happened – my finger slipped on the keyboard and everything was gone! I couldn’t find it anywhere and none of the fixes on the Microsoft site google sent me to worked! Bit this worked in about 5 seconds! Thanks SO much!

  4. Stacie Says:

    Thank you sooooooooooo much!! I had two files open and closed the wrong one! Thanks again this is a life saver!!

  5. Ashish Says:

    Thanks lot for the information, your article really helpful if you want recover word document with any advance tool then you try Kernel Recovery for Word.

  6. fortune Says:

    thanks so much .you have been helpful

  7. geko Says:

    Thank you!

  8. Kathleen Hite Says:

    Just saved my booty!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  9. Kim Says:

    you are a God send! As I was on the verge of tears after losing 4 hours of work because I accidentally hit the “no” to save a grant proposal due today – I found your article. Heart attack diverted! Thank you!

  10. Harrison Schroeder Says:

    Yes! Not only is this a great feature of Word 2013, this is a great article on how to use it. This took me right to my unsaved file, which I recovered. I am incredibly happy.

  11. Harrison Schroeder Says:

    Thank you so, so much.

  12. Bill Says:

    Microsoft is a peice of ShiY. They now want you to save documents in their cloud, which they will later rent you access to them. I have lost all my hotmail email because they coerced me to “migrate” to msn.

  13. Dylan Says:

    You saved my ass xxx

  14. Phoebe Says:

    Oh wow…. 5 hours of work, and it wasn’t there.
    I now have 30 minutes.
    Thank you anyway, I’ll remember this for the future.

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  16. Tre Taylor Says:

    I still can’t find my word document!

  17. Maggie Says:

    Thank you, you have saved me about two hours re-doing my work.

  18. Chris Says:

    What if it’s still not in there?

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