How to Recover Unsaved Word Documents in Vista

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How to Recover Unsaved Word Documents in Vista
Your computer could crash before you save your document. (computer image by blaine stiger from

There are a few different ways you could lose information from a Word document. You could forget to save the Word document before closing the program or before shutting down your computer, or your computer could crash and shut down on its own before you have a chance to save your work. Word has also been known to crash and shut down on its own. In all of these scenarios, you have lost your unsaved Word document and all the work you put into it. You'll need to use a recovery tool to get it back.

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    Word AutoRecovery

  1. 1

    Turn on your computer, and open your Word document you were working from.

  2. 2

    Click the "Tools" menu and select "Options."

  3. 3

    Choose the "File Locations" tab.

  4. 4

    Find the phrase "AutoRecover." There will be a space next to AutoRecover. If there's nothing in the space, then your work has been permanently lost. However, if you see a location, you can select the location to open your Word document. Whatever has been saved will open on your screen.

    Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery

  1. 1

    Download Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery if your work has been lost and if you're using Windows Vista. The link is provided in the Resource section below. This recovery tool costs £64 but comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee. So if you can't recover your lost document, you can return it for a full refund.

  2. 2

    Open the program once downloaded. Click "Data Recovery."

  3. 3

    Select "Deleted File Recovery" and then select the items on the list that could be your lost Word document.

  4. 4

    Click "Start Scan" and choose your scan mode, either "Quick Scan" or "Deep Scan."

  5. 5

    Look over the results once your scan is complete. If you see your Word document, you can click "Start" to recover the document.

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