Word 2010: Recover an unsaved — and closed — document

June 3, 2011

If you’ve written a document, printed it out, closed the document without saving it, then later realized that you need to make some changes to it, you can recover it in Word 2010 (and Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010).

The people over at the Microsoft Word Blog have put up a short video of how to recover such a document: http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-word/archive/2011/05/31/recover-a-draft.aspx



  • I think you can only do this in Word 2010, not 2007 or 2003.
  • I’m not sure how long you can leave it before you can no longer recover such a document.

[Link last checked June 2011]

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