How to open Auto Recover file location to recover the lost word document?

The feature of AutoRecover will automatically save your working document in every specified minute, if you have enabled this feature in your Word. How to quickly access the AutoRecover file location when you need to recover the lost document in Word? This tutorial will introduce two methods to open the AutoRecover file location to recover the lost word document.

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Step 1: In Word 2010 and 2013, click File > Options > Save;

In Word 2007, click Office Button > Word Options > Save to see where the AutoRecover file locates in your computer.

Step 2: Click File > Open in your Word 2010, and navigate to the AutoRecover file location.

Step 3: In the file type dropdown list, select All Files. At this point, you should see one (or more) files within the extension .asd. These are the lost word documents.

Note : if the document is new and never been saved, the file name will be something like “AutoRecovery save of Document 1.asd"。

If the document was already manually saved, but you lost intervening work between saves, it will have the name of the saved document (e.g, “Autocovery save of Remove indents.asd“)

In the AutoRecover file folder, select the lost word document and click Open to recover the lost word document. In some cases, the .asd file may not even have an intelligible. If no file in the directory has the expected file name, open each .asd file until you find the one that contain your missing work.


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The method above requires a few steps to open AutoRecover file location to recover the lost word document, but with Kutools for Word, you can open the AutoRecover file location to recover the lost word document easily and quickly.

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1. Open the recovery location by clicking Kutools > More > Auto Recovery Location. See screenshot:

2. Now the Recovery location will be automatically opened.

In the AutoRecover file folder, select the lost word document and click Open to recover the lost word document. In some cases, the .asd file may not even have an intelligible. If no file in the directory has the expected file name, open each .asd file until you find the one that contain your missing work.

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Comments  

Permalink +2 Sujata
Bless you!! Oh my god I nearly freaked out and other tutorials weren't helping. I liked that you've actually advised to look at where your specific computer saves its unsaved files. So so grateful right now! Thank you
2014-01-05 22:08 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +2 Angie
thanks a lot for the information :) it is very useful :D
2014-02-18 14:17 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 yc
Thank you very much.
I had spent a couple hrs on-line try to find a way to locate my missed files, and your article really help.
Thanks.
2014-02-18 22:18 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink -1 Adelaide
Just what I needed! Thank you soo much.
2014-03-14 05:30 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 Manoj
Thanks you very much..I had almost panic'ed...
2014-03-17 07:04 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Rudu
Thank You

Your explanation was simple and effective.
2014-03-19 21:51 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Ann
Super thaaaaank you! :-)
2014-04-10 06:57 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 john
Hi. I'm having problem about one file that I made.
My desktop restarted all of a sudden so when I opened it again, along the left side of the word 2007 window was the autorecovery files. I clicked on it and saved the file.
So I continued my work and finished it and clicked save. When I tried to open it, it's not even in the folder where I had it saved.

I tried doing the word options trick but I still can't find it. I tried to search .asd files and found it but it says it has been moved. Now I have no idea where to find it.

Any suggestions? Thanks
2014-04-12 07:04 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Ashish
THANK YOU!

Just saved 2 hours of work. I have no idea what happen Kernel Recovery for Word Tool to restore damage Word file which is resolve all corruption problem of Word file.
2014-04-24 09:55 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink -6 SH
thank you very fucking much!!! you saved my 3 hours of hard work.
2014-05-05 15:10 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Sa
Thank you for this information! Thought I had lost the auto-recovered doc, and nearly had a heart attack. Bless you.
2014-05-21 09:47 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 eli
hi
when I follow your guide my recovery filr does not open with word !! what can I do ?
2014-05-24 13:01 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 ed
If Word won't recover the autosaved file, do this:

1. Make a copy of the .asd file

2. Rename the file and change .asd to .doc

(If a dialogue box appears, warning that changing a filename extension might cause the file to become unusable, and you are asked if you are sure you want to change it, click "Yes")

3. Open the file with Word and save it with a more meaningful filename.
2015-06-11 13:12 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Paulina
thanks! it took a while, but was totally worth it.
2014-05-31 16:37 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +2 nitin
Please help I searched for my .asd but it is showing to be 0 bytes and after opening its blank,i am not able to recove my changed contents of document,please help
2014-06-01 11:44 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 ehsan rezaie
thanks man you saved 2hours of my work
2014-06-11 13:35 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Jana
it worked!!!!! thank you so much tried many other options that didn't work.
2014-07-02 14:08 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 auggy
Thanks... worked like a charm. Almost lost a days worth of work!
2014-08-13 10:52 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Kiwi Paul
Thaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaanks... you helped me save 12 pages of work! You're a genius!!!!!
2014-09-02 21:44 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Kiwi Paul
And let me add... when you do get to the autorecovery location, it may help to organize files by date, with the newest first... that way, the file you're looking for will probably be the first on the list... Just a tip.
2014-09-02 21:49 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 Sherrie Snow
OMG! You're a LIFE-SAVER!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
2015-01-08 20:28 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Ian Z
I was using an old document and typing over it. I had been using it for hours, when the laptop decided it needed to do a restart. The old document opened but all the over typing I had done was not saved. This has not worked for me.
2015-03-05 12:56 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Kate
Thank you!! It worked!!!
2015-04-22 20:19 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Lungisa
My battery died before I could save my document. When booting up, MS ran updated. I opened the autorecovery folder, NOTHING. No files there. Auto recover was ON and marked to happen every 10 min before I started with the document. Please assist
2015-05-19 10:34 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 ragha
auto recover file location not available how can find it
how can i recover it
excel file suddenly closed and it not shoe recover option but recover is enable only how can i find the recover file
2015-05-26 05:18 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Will
Thank you sooo much, for helping me recover my work.

Windows 8.1 installed itself overnight, without my permission, and despite me having the "let me choose whether to install updates" setting on.

I came down this morning to find several days work gone and I was so mad at Microsoft I nearly through my laptop out the window!
2015-09-15 08:33 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Albie
Hi, i have a corrupt .doc file that i can not repair. A friend recommended me WordFIX but i don't know anything about the software. What do you think? What software should I use?
2015-12-04 14:35 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Frankie
Thank you, after reading other suggestions which didn't work and were difficult to follow, this one did the trick, it was easy to comprehend and apply. It allowed me to recover 2 hours of hard work!!!
2015-12-04 17:33 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 LauraFarina
Thanks! You has save me three hours of work/life. :-*
2015-12-07 11:02 Reply Reply with quote Quote
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