How to: Find Word autosave location on Windows 10

By: Milan Stanojevic
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Microsoft Word is one of the most popular text processors in the world, and millions of users use it on daily basis. Creating documents in Word is fairly simple, but sometimes you might forget to save your documents. In order to prevent file loss, many users are using autosave feature that will save your documents in specified intervals. If you’re using this option, today we’re going to show you how to access Word autosave location on Windows 10.

How to access Word autosave location on Windows 10?

How to – Open Word autosave location on Windows 10?

Solution 1 – Open Word settings

AutoRecover feature in Word is extremely useful because it will save your files in specified intervals and prevent data loss. This feature is useful if you accidentally forget to save your file, or if a system crash occurs. To turn on this feature, you need to do the following:

  1. Open Word and click on File > Options.
  2. Now go to Save section and make sure that Save AutoRecover information option is checked. Here you can set the desired time interval for auto save.
  3. Look for AutoRecover file location field. It will show you the location of the autosave directory. By default the location should be C:\Users\Your_username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word. If you want, you can easily change the location by clicking the Browse button and choosing a different directory on your PC.

After you locate autosave location on your PC, you need to open Word, navigate to that directory, locate the automatically saved file and open it in Word. Keep in mind that this directory might be hidden on your PC, especially if it’s located in AppData folder. To quickly access this folder, you can simply paste its location in File Explorer’s address bar. If you want to access the folder manually, just follow the path, but be sure to go to View tab and check Hidden items option so you can reveal the hidden AppData folder.

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After doing that, you’ll be able to access Word autosave location without any problems.

Solution 2 – Check the AppData folder

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By default, autosave location for Word is AppData folder. There are several locations where Microsoft Word can save your files. Usually autosave location is C:\Users\Your_username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Word or C:\Users\Your_username\AppData\Local\Temp. Newer versions of Word use a different location, and you can find all your unsaved files in the C:\Users\Your_username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles. There are different types of Word files in these folders, and usually these files will have tilde or a squiggly line before the file name. Most of these files will have .tmp extension and a 4-digit number assigned to them. For example, a Word document will look like this ~wrdxxxx.tmp. Temp document file will look like ~wrfxxxx.tmp, while auto recovery file will look like ~wraxxxx.tmp. Lastly, complete auto recovery files will not have .tmp extension and they’ll use .wbk extension instead. After you find one of those files, simply open it in Word and save them.

Solution 3 – Use Recover Unsaved Documents option

If you accidentally close Word or if Word crashes for some reason, you can open the autosave location by following these steps:

  1. Open Word and go to File.
  2. Choose Recent > Recover Unsaved Documents.
  3. Autosave location folder will now appear and you’ll be able to choose the document that you want to restore.

Some users are also suggesting to navigate to File>Info>Manage Versions>Recover Unsaved Documents in order to access autosave location, so be sure to try that as well. After finding automatically saved file, open it and choose the Save as option to save it.

Solution 4 – Check the document directory

Sometimes autosave location is set to the same directory where your file is saved. However, autosave files are usually hidden and in order to see them, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open Word.
  2. Click File > Open > Browse.
  3. Navigate to the directory in which you saved the file.
  4. Change File type from All Word documents to All Files.
  5. Now you should see a backup file. The file will have Backup of in its name, so it will be easily recognizable.
  6. Open the file and save it.

As you can see, Word sometimes saves unsaved files to the same directory in which your currently open file is stored in order to make it easily accessible. If you didn’t save changes to your Word document, be sure to try this method.

Solution 5 – Search your PC for .wbk or .asd files

Although Word automatically saves your files, sometimes it can be hard to find the autosave location. If you can’t find the location on your own, you might want to search for specific file extension. Word autosave files usually use .wbk or .asd file extension, and in most cases Word autosave directory will have these files in it. To search your system for these files, do the following:

  1. Open File Explorer. You can do that quickly by pressing Windows Key + E shortcut.
  2. When File Explorer opens, go to the search bar in the top right corner and enter .wbk or .asd and press Enter.
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  3. Windows 10 will now search your system for all .wbk or .asd files. If any files are found, simply right click the file and choose Open file location from the menu. This will open Word autosave location and you’ll be able to see all automatically saved files.

If you can’t find any .wbk or .asd files, be sure to search your system for .tmp files. Keep in mind that .tmp files aren’t strictly related to Word, so some of them might be a part of different applications. For more information on how temporary Word files look like, be sure to check Solution 2.

Losing your data can be a major problem, but as you can see, Microsoft Word usually saves your documents to its autosave location. Even if you forget to save your document, you might be able to restore it by accessing Word autosave location and opening the unsaved document in Word.

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