How to Retrieve Lost Word Files on Mac with Ease

Many netizens have sought advice online to get some detailed and excellent solutions to retrieve lost Word files on Mac. Let's go into this topic deeply, and we will give you some exhaustive suggestions.

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Part 1: How to Retrieve Lost Word Files on Mac

Microsoft Word is one of HotApps on whatever kind of operating system, such as Windows, Mac, Lunix… Sometimes when you are composing a novel or making an urgent report or project for your company, the computer shuts down suddenly without saving the document or you have saved it but deleted it accidently… These accidents may make you overwhelming.

Although Word files and Mac OS are applied widely, lots of factors can lead to files loss on Mac. Hence, retrieving lost Word files on Mac is a popular topic online. Here we will respectively show you some solutions for different situations to recover deleted Word files on Mac, recover unsaved Word files on Mac and recover damaged/corrupt Word files on Mac. MiniTool Mac Data Recovery is a good data recovery utility.

Recover Deleted Word Files on Mac

1. The deleted Word files are still in the "Trash".
Follow the 3 methods below to get back the Word files from the "Trash".

  • Go to Trash and right click on the target Word file(s), and then choose "Put Back" from the drop-down menu.

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  • If you delete your Word files mistakenly, stop any operation and use "Command + Z" to undo the previous step, thus your deleted word files will come back to the original position right now.
  • Click on a target Word file if you just want to recover a single one; press Command button and choose the target files one by one if you want to recover multiple ones. Then drag them (it) out of the Trash Can to any wanted location.

2. The Word files in "Trash" are emptied.
You may think it's so easy to get back the data you deleted by mistake from "Trash" on Mac almost like Windows. But if the "Trash" is emptied and your needed Word files vanish, you can't find the operands at all and let alone get them back by the build-in function of Mac OS! At this time, you need the powerful third-party utility (MiniTool Mac Data Recovery) to recover these flies disappeared from "Trash".

Note: Stop writing any data on your computer after your Word files get lost, or your data will be overlapped! It will increase more difficulties in recovery, and even cause further data loss!

MiniTool Mac Data Recovery is a professional data recovery tool. Its easy-to-use and safe features are popular with both computer masters and novices. Let' see the amazing process of recovery.

Step 1: Download MiniTool Mac Data Recovery and get its main interface. There are four modules aiming at recovery in different situations. Here you should choose the first module – Undeleted Recovery.

Step 2: You'd better remember the original partition of deleted files, thus you can quickly choose the correct partition to scan.

Step 3: Tick the Word files you want and click on "Save" button to continue. Then the "Save Files" mini window pops up, you can click on "Browse" to decide where the files should be recovered to.

wran : Generally speaking, you'd better not restore the deleted files to the original position, otherwise if the recovered files are not exact you want, the lost data on the original location will be overwritten, which makes the recovery operation more difficult. (This reminder is suitable for all kinds of data recovery.)

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solution 1 If your deleted files are stored in an HFS+ partition and you click on "Scan" button, you will find that you should apply "Damaged Partition Recovery" module as the prompt said. You can refer to the screenshot below.

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Retrieving deleted Word files on Mac is simple, right? Let's move to the next situation of Word files loss.

Recover Damaged/Corrupt Word Files on Mac

Damaged/corrupt Word file means you cannot open it or you can open it but the text becomes garbage characters…Once click on the file to open, a pop-up error box will tell you such type of reminder: "Word was unable to read this document. It maybe corrupt… the file is corrupt and cannot be opened" etc. There is also another symptom, for instance, the computer that stops responding when you open your Word document.

How to deal with this sort of predicament? Just calm down, you can try the build-in "Recover Text from Any File" converter to manually open and repair the damaged/corrupt Word documents". It only needs several simple steps.

  • Click "Open" from "File" tab.
  • Click on the triangle icon from "All files" drop-down list to select "Recover Text from Any File".
  • Locate the target Word files and choose them from the window.
  • Click on "Open".

If the target files are big in size, the recovery process may take more time. If so, please be patient to wait the process end.

There is a special situation that if the word files get lost because of damaged partition. MiniTool Mac Data Recovery offers the "Damaged Partition Recovery" feature. It can recover data from logically damaged, formatted and RAW partitions. Following is the guide to solve it.

Step 1: This time, you should choose "Damaged Partition Recovery" module.

Step 2: Choose the partition you have saved the Word files on, and click on "Full Scan" or "Open" button.

The "Full Scan" feature will take longer time but it is more effective and accurate to find your files. On the contrary, the "Open" feature will take less time but it perhaps can't find out all your needed files. Hence, we suggest users use the former one feature.

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Step 3: After scanning, you should follow the next hints to continue one by one.

As for some notes or warnings, please refer to the guide of "deleted Word files" recovery which has been mentioned above.

Warm Tip: the free version of Mac Data Recovery can only help you recover up to 1MB of data. Therefore, if your lost Word file(s) are beyond 1MB, we suggest you buy a license to upgrade your software in order to complete the recovery work perfectly.

Recover Unsaved Word Files on Mac

Sometimes, you have done most of the document work, and the computer shuts off suddenly or you close it accidently without saving it or some else problems happen at that time. All your effort will be nothing! Recreate it or recover it? Of course, recovery is the best choice! Don't panic! Try the methods below to recover unsaved Word files on Mac.

Of course, Microsoft Word for Mac offers recovery functions. Here, we just show two common methods to recover unsaved Word files on Mac.

1. Set AutoRecover interval
  • Open the Word document on Mac
  • Click "Word" tab in the menu bar then select "Preferences" from the drop-down list.
  • Now you come to the "Word preferences" windows. Choose "Save" in the "Output and Sharing" section.

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  • Find the "Save AutoRecover info every () minutes" option in the "Save" prompt window.
  • Set the auto-save time gap depending on your own habit. For example, you set the time gap as 10 minutes, therefore, with the Word document updating, the document will be auto saved every 10 minutes.

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2. Recover from Temporary Folder
  • Open the "Finder" and then search "terminal".
  • Enter "open $TMPDIR"
  • Open the "Temporaryitems" folder
  • Open the WordWorkfiles folder with text edit application, you may can find your lost Word documents

Remember the methods to recover unsaved Word files on Mac, thus you don't need to recreate Word documents.

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Part 2:Reasons for Word Files Loss on Mac and How to Avoid It

Now that Mac and Microsoft Word play important roles in people's daily life, you need to know what factors lead to the bad experience as well as how to avoid this from happening to get less Word files loss stress.

Reasons of Word Files Loss

  • Mistaken deletion
  • Disk format
  • System errors
  • Virus attack
  • Unexpected system halted
  • Sudden or improper shutdown
  • Computer crash
  • Cluttered operating system
  • Close Word files without saving

Here we are not going to go through anymore because there are so many reasons to cause Word files loss and even some weird factors also bring about it.

Preventive Measures to Avoid Word Files Loss

1. For deleted Word files
a. You should check the Word files you are going to remove carefully every time, thus you can think twice before deleting them.
b. If you would like to empty "Trash", you need to check the whole Trash can to see if some files are still useful.
c. The combination button – "Option + Shift + Command + Delete" on Mac means emptying "Trash" can without a confirmation dialog. So you must be careful in case of the wrong empting operation in Trash can.

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These suggestions not only go for Word files but also for all types of deleted files on Mac terminal.

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2. For damaged/corrupt Word files
a. If you are creating a very important Word document, you should not open unnecessary windows, files or applications in case of system crash.
b. Although Mac OS is security and don not need anti-virus software, install one if indeed necessary.
c. Regularly clear off the data that you don't need any more in order to make your computer perform smoothly.
d. You'd better not download some weird or untrusted software because some malware will cause all kinds of troubles.
e. Back up or duplicate your finished Word files so that you can use it after one of them gets damaged/corrupted

3. For unsaved Word files
a. Keep a good behavior to press "Command + S" combination key or click on "Save" in the drop-down menu of "File" tab regularly, which can save your current document from time to time.
b. You'd better not open up too many unnecessary Word file(s). That may make your brain in a mess so that you mayclose your unsaved creating document by mistake.
c. Here, we highly recommend the most efficient solution to save your Word files automatically. It's the autosave function which exists in lots of computer applications or programs. This amazing function can save your opening documents automatically to reduce file loss risk.

At this point, we suggest understanding keyboard shortcuts about all kinds of "delete" to avoid deleting your Word files mistakenly because the Mac keyboard is much different from that of Windows.

Part 3: Significance of Word Files and Mac OS

Microsoft Office is necessary to office staff, especially the Word text document is most commonly used for storing business data and personal information, learning materials etc. As it not only can be edited with text and photos but also can produce forms. It even includes some basic functions of Excel and PowerPoint. If your important Word files get lost, all kinds of troubles will be around you and cause an unwanted loss in your work and life.

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Mac operating system (Mac OS) is more and more popular with users for its advantages and benefits. Following are some of the highlights for the strengths of Mac OS:

  • Stability: Mac has fewer bugs and less update than Windows. Moreover, it doesn't need to patch often, unlike Windows.
  • Security: Mac has a two-layered system and applies the Unix core which is famous for security features. The built-in firewall works in an unobtrusive place and is highly configurable.
  • Ease of use: Software operations are in a uniform style and easy to use.
  • Powerful disk function: Users don't need to defrag drives because there is no disk fragmentation. Besides, there is no need to manage partitions. And seldom crashes.

Mac has many other advantages and here we are not going to list all of them. You can search them online if you want to do a further study. Although Microsoft Word files and Mac OS have great significance, you can't avoid all the malfunctions. For example, the Word files get lost on Mac. Lots of users may have suffered from this sort of embarrassing situation. Therefore, it's wise to master the reasons of Word files loss and take preventive measures to avoid this from occurring.

Part 4 - Summary

This long article has told you some knowledge about lost Word files on Mac in detail. The first part showed distinctive methods to retrieve lost Word files on Mac with ease in different situations; the second part stated why the lost Word files problem occurs and how to avoid Word files getting lost; the third part described that the Word files and Mac OS are indispensable in today's computer field as well as in people's daily life and work.

MiniTool Mac Data Recovery is a data recovery application which offers 4 recovery modules to help recover lost, deleted, formatted, or corrupted files or folders from Mac. Even the data on dead MacBook can be retrieved! It's a "Gospel" for Mac users when the data get lost.

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