FoneLab > Resource > AutoRecover Fails to Work? Here are the Solutions to Recover Unsaved Word Document on Mac

AutoRecover Fails to Work? Here are the Solutions to Recover Unsaved Word Document on Mac

When Microsoft Word suddenly crashes or powers off, you might not have time to save the Word file. In order to recover unsaved Word document on Mac, you can simply open the Word program again. If you have turned on the AutoRecover feature, you can recover the lost Word document on Mac due to force quit or power off.

What should you do if you cannot find the desired Word document? Just check out the files from AutoRecover folder or Temporary Folder. If it is not available, you can also use FoneLab Data Retriever to restore the unsaved Word document within few clicks.

Just read on the article to get a workable solution now.

Recover Unsaved Word Document on Mac

1How to recover unsaved Word document on Mac with AutoRecover

AutoRecover is a feature of Microsoft Office to retrieve the unsaved Word document on Mac automatically. Be default, it will save the Word document every 10 minutes. Just make sure the feature is turn on from Preferences > Output and Sharing > Save. Tweak the parameters in Save every 10 minutes.

Solution 1: Recover unsaved Word document on Mac with Word

Step 1: Launch the Word program again. Whether the program crashes or the Mac power off, you can restart the Word to retrieve unsaved Word document on Mac. Usually Word will start another version as recovered Word.

Step 2: If it is not available, you can go to File > Save, which you can check the restored Word document on Mac. Open the unsaved document of Word directly on your computer.

Note: If the Mac just turn off without saving the Word document, you have to wait till the program automatically retrieve the files with a large RAM.

auto recover word on mac

Solution 2: Restore unsaved Word on Mac from AutoRecover location

Step 1: Open the AutoRecover location on Mac according to different MacOS. Here is an example for the AutoRecover location.

Office Word 2016/2019: ~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.Word/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery
Office Word 2011:
~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/Office 2011 AutoRecovery

Step 2: Launch the Finder, click Go > Go to folder and enter the above address to locate the recover unsaved Word document on Mac.

Step 3: Check out whether the Word documents are the one you have not saved with Word on Mac. After that you can the Word document on Mac.

auto recovery location on mac

Solution 3: Retrieve unsaved Word on Mac from Temporary folder

Step 1: Go to Finder > Application > Terminal to open the Terminal on your Mac. You can also click the Launchpad on your Mac and choose the Terminal from Utilities.

open temporary folder

Step 2: After that you can enter the command line open $TMPDIR and open the Temporary file folder with the unsaved Word document. Select the folder named TemporaryItems with ~Word.tmp documents.

Step 3: Copy and paste the text to Word, you can only recover part of the unsaved Word document on Mac from temporary files in the way. You can compile the whole according to your memory.

You can also read about how to recover word from hard drive.

2Recover unsaved Word document on Mac if AutoRecover fails

If you still cannot restore the unsaved Word document on Mac with above solution, FoneLab Data Retriever should be a professional data recovery to retrieve unsaved, deleted, overwritten and lost Word document with ease. Moreover, it enables you to retrieve files from Mac, hard drive, flash drive, memory card, SD card and more other devices.

  • Retrieve unsaved, deleted, lost, overwritten Word document on Mac.
  • Support Word versions with Office 2011, Office 2016 and Office 2019.
  • Keep the original Word document files without storing or modifying.
  • Both Quick Scan and Deep Scan to retrieve unsaved Word document.
launch mac file recovery

FoneLab Mac Data Retriever

FoneLab Data Retriever - recover the lost/deleted data from computer, hard drive, flash drive, memory card, digital camera and more.

Free Download Free Download

Step 1: Download and install Deleted Word Recovery on Mac. Launch the program and choose the Mac Data Recovery option. If you need to retrieve the files from hard drive or other device, you should connect the device first.

launch mac file recovery

Step 2: Select the Document option and choose the drive you want to retrieve the unsaved Word document on Mac. After that you can choose the Quick Scan mode and click the Scan button to retrieve the files.

choose data type to scan

Step 3: After the scanning process, you can find all retrieved unsaved document in the DOCX folder. You can simply search for the name or the created data to get the unsaved Word according to your requirement.

choose data type to scan

Step 4: Once you locate the file, you can retrieve the unsaved Word document on Mac by clicking the Recover button. After that you can check out the retrieved unsaved Word document on your Mac.

If you are a Windows user, you can learn how to recover unsaved word document in Windows.

Conclusion

If you just lost some unsaved Word document on Mac, open the Word and get back the files from AutoRecover should be the first choice. Even if you cannot locate the Word documents from the application, you can still check out the Word AutoRecover folder or Temporary Files to recover them.

But when you cannot get the Word documents with above solutions. Just download FoneLab Data Retriever to recover the unsaved Word document on Mac for you with ease.

More queries about the methods to get back the files, you can share more detailed information in the comments.

Lisa

April 09, 2019 09:00 / Posted by

Recover Windows Data
Recover Data from Hard Drive

Copyright © 2019 Aiseesoft Studio. All rights reserved.