Sunday, September 29, 2013

Recover a file you didn't save in Office 2010 and 2013

Did you know that in Office 2010 & 2013 you can recover a file you never saved?   
There are a few stipulations:

  1. You must recover it within a few days of when you created it.
  2. Your Office program must have Auto-Recover turned on.
  3. The elapsed time between creating the file and closing the file must be greater than the Auto-Recover time set.
 First, let's set up Auto-Recover:
  1. Open your Office 2010 or 2013 program, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  2. Click File (tab) > Options.
  3. Click Save in the left Navigation Pane. 
  4. Verify there is a check in "Save AutoRecover information every __ minutes."  Set the number from 5 to 10 minutes.  This is the amount of time that elapses before your program will recover the file. Also check the box "Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving."
  5. Click OK at the bottom of the window.
Now you can recover a file by following the steps below:
  1. Open the program in which you created the file (that you didn't save).
  2. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Office 2010 - click File (tab) > Recent
    2. Office 2013 - click File (tab)> Open
  3. At the bottom of the window, click Recover Unsaved Documents
  4. A window will open showing all unsaved documents for the past few days.
  5. Select the file and click Open.


  1. You saved me! This was perfect! Thank you!

  2. OMG!!! THANK YOU IT WORKED!!!!!! :)

  3. Hallalujah! You are a saint!

  4. YESSS! this was awesome. thank you