How to Recover Unsaved Documents with Document Recovery Task Pane

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I've been working on this very crucial project for hours. Complicating at first, but I breathed a sigh of relief when I finally concluded the work. Then I had to go take a piss, and when I got back, I realized the most annoying thing just happened. I had just lost all my work because I exited my office app without saving the document. Is there any way I can recover unsaved documents in Microsoft Office? I can't start all over.

Ever lost unsaved documents in office? We've all been there. It can be annoying to accidentally exit Microsoft Office without saving a document or have your system or office application crash while working on a project. On this page, you'll discover how to recover unsaved/lost documents using Document Recovery Task Pane and also other practical ways.

How To Recover Unsaved Documents Using Document Recovery Task Pane?

When you lose an unsaved document for any reason, you don't have to worry as there are a few ways you can recover the document, one of which is using Document Recovery Task Pane. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: On the Office application where you created the document, create a new blank document.

Step 2: Click on the down-arrow button in the left pane, under the "Document Recovery" section.

Step 3: Now, choose the "Save As" option.

document recovery save as

Step 4: Choose a folder to recover the unsaved document, then hit "Save".

Now you should be able to access the document from the folder you chose.

How To Recover Unsaved Documents Using Document Recovery Task Pane?

1Recover from Temporary Files

When working on documents, Windows saves a temporary version of the file, so that you can restore and use it in case of an accident. The accident has now occurred, so you can simply get back your lost document by following the steps below:

Step 1: On the word program, select the "File" tab, click "Info" > "Manage Document”.

Step 2: Select "Recover Unsaved Documents" from the menu under "Manage Document”.

Step 3: Finally, choose the unsaved document, then click "Open”.

Step 4: Select "Save as" on the pop-up window to save the file in the desired location.

2Using AutoRecover Location

If you try to recover the document using Document Recovery Task Pane or from “temporary files” and it still doesn't work, then you can use AutoRecover location.

1. Open office, create a blank document.

2. Click on the “File” menu.

3. Select "Options", then hit "Save".

autorecover file location options

4. Choose the "Autosave File Location" path, under the "Save Document”. Right-click and select the "Copy" option.

copy file location path

5. Press the Windows key + E to open File Explorer, then right-click and paste the copied path to the File Explorer address bar, then hit "Enter”.

6. Now, right-click the .asd file of the document you wish to restore, then select "Open with”.

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7. Choose the app to open the files then click "OK”.

3iMyFone AnyRecover

One surefire method to get back lost/unsaved documents if  Document Recovery Task Pane or any of the aforementioned methods doesn't work is using iMyFone AnyRecover, even though you lost the file due to a virus attack. This data recovery tool is not only built for data recovery but easy and secure data recovery.

AnyRecover recovers all file types, including documents, videos, photos, music files. It doesn't matter if you lost data due to a virus attack, system crash, or accidentally deleted data; AnyRecover will help you get back your files with no limitations.


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Steps for Use

Step 1. Launch AnyRecover on your PC, then choose the "Deleted Files Recovery" mode.

deleted files recovery

Step 2. Select any location where you lost your file, then select the file type, e.g., documents, photos.

select path and file type

Step 3. The program will then run a quick scan on the location, after which all your deleted files will be listed out.

deleted files recovery scan

Step 4. You can preview and choose the exact files you want to retrieve, then click "Recover”.

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Note: Use the "All-Round Recover" feature if you cannot find your deleted files.

Bonus: How To Enable Document Recovery

It's imperative to make sure that the AutoRecover feature of your office app is enabled. This is to avoid losing all your work when you mistakenly close the office app. Use the following steps to set up AutoRecover feature:

Step 1. Open the Office application and click on “File”.

Step 2. Select "Options" and hit "Save”.

Step 3. Under "Save Documents”, check the following options:

Autosave OneDrive and  SharePoint online files by default on word.

Save AutoRecover information every x minutes.

Keep the last AutoRecovered version if I close without saving.

enable document recovery

Step 4. Make sure the “AutoRecover file location” has a valid path.

Step 5. Also, don't forget to adjust the auto-save settings to be sure your documents are automatically saved in the shortest time possible.


It can be very distressing to lose hours of work because you forgot to save a document before exiting an office app or due to an unforeseen system or app crash. Using Document Recovery Task Pane, iMyFone iMyFone AnyRecover, and other methods outlined above, you can easily recover unsaved documents instead of entertaining the thought of starting your work afresh.

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By  Alva Doris , to Document Recovery

Posted on Nov 15, 2019  ( Updated: Dec 16, 2019 )

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