Learn how to recover unsaved Microsoft word document on Mac OS X EI caption, Yosemite and Mavericks.
Solution 1: Look Auto Recovery folder
Office 2016 autosaved files located in the following address.
- Click the Go menu in Finder.
- Select Go to Folder and paste the following file location address.
Note : You may need to rename .doc instead of .docx, if they won’t open properly in MS Word app.
In Older Microsoft Office versions uses Auto recovery folder in different location:-
/Users/user-name/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/Office 2011 AutoRecovery
Note : Replace the user-name with actual user name of your computer. Library folder is hidden in Mac OS X. So Open terminal app and type the following command to unhide library folder.
chflags nohidden ~/Library/
Solution 2: Use Temporary Folder
- Go to the Finder, Choose Go -> Go to folder.
- Type /private/var/folders and find the files named “Word Work File” inside a “Temporary items” folder.
- Option drag folders or files to the Desktop (before dropping them on Microsoft Word’s icon).
- Do not delete anything.
Note : Some of the Mac users reported “uFlysoft Data Recovery for Mac” is a best one to recover lost word documents.
If you can’t find the file in “Office 2008/09/11 AutoRecovery” folder, use this method.
- Open Terminal app via /Applications/Utilities/.
- Type the following command
- Press Enter. It will open Temporary files folder. Find and open “Temporaryitems” folder.
- Lost word document file name look like “WordWorkfile D-57295.tmp”. Open this file using “TexEdit” app instead of Word app. Because MS word app does not open .tmp file type.
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Solution 3: Look Mac Trash
Unsaved word .doc files sometimes located in Trash. So look Mac Trash for “Recovered items” folder
Also set AutoSave interval
Set AutoSave interval time in MS Word Preferences to avoid feature issues.