How to Recover a File That Was Closed Before Saving in Word 2007

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There are a few ways to recover Microsoft Word 2007 files if you accidentally close without saving. AutoRecover, a feature that is turned on by default, will automatically save your document at regular intervals in case you forget to. Word will automatically look for AutoRecover files when you open the program and show them in the Document Recovery task pane. If Word doesn't find the file you're looking for, you can search for an AutoRecover file manually. Word also can be set to save a backup copy every time you save. Then you'll be able to recover a version of the file that is automatically saved on your hard drive. A backup copy is a version of the document prior to your most recent save.

From Document Recovery Task Pane (Ref. 1, 3)

  • Open Microsoft Word 2007.

  • Look to the left of your screen for the Document Recovery task pane. Word will automatically search for an AutoRecover file (saved with an .ASD file extension). If it finds one, the file will appear here.

  • Double-click the file in the task pane to open it. According to the Microsoft Support website, the file will either be listed as "DocumentName [Original]" or "DocumentName [Recovered]."

  • Click the "Microsoft Office" button. Select "Save as."

  • Select ".docx" as the file type to re-save the file as a Word 2007 document.

Manually

From a Backup Copy

  • Open Microsoft Word 2007.

  • Click the "Microsoft Office" button. Select "Open."

  • Select "All Files" from the drop-down list of file types.

  • Open the folder where your document is stored. Locate the backup copy. The name of the file is "Backup of [document name]" and the file type will say Microsoft Word Backup Document."

  • Double-click the backup file. The file will open. Click the "Microsoft Office" button and "Save as" to re-save the file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you have the AutoRecover feature enabled in Word 2007. It should be set to save regularly every 10 minutes by default, but you can reset it if you turned it off at any point.
  • Enable Word 2007 to automatically back up copies.

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