6 Options: How to Recover DOCX file

Here in this post, we mainly talk about 6 ways how to recover DOCX files. Keep reading and follow me to operate if you need it.


By Ellie / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Need to recover DOCX files

"Good day, friend. I'm not sure what's going on. I finished my DOCX files yesterday but can't find them. I'm not sure if I deleted it on purpose or not. Can you tell me how I can get them back?"

“That’s so wired. I can’t open my DOCX files and it shows “Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt.” How can I solve the problem? Any suggestions would be appreciated.”


Running into data loss is painful and miserable. From the above cases, the truth can be inferred is that one of the users encounter DOCX data loss and the other user find the DOCX files on the computer are corrupted. If you get the same feeling like them, then you can get some inspiration from this post to recover the deleted data and corrupted files. 

How do I recover a DOCX file?

Here in this part, the ways to recover the DOCX file would be illustrated to you, including the deleted and corrupted DOCX file (online). Keep reading!

Recover deleted DOCX file

Usually, when we deleted something accidentally, resorting to Recycle Bin is our first remedy to get them back. However, if you deleted your DOCX file with the shortcut Shift + Delete or you empty your Recycle Bin regularly, then the DOCX files would be deleted permanently. Now, follow me to know how to recover deleted DOCX files.

Way 1. Recover unsaved DOCX/DOC from AutoRecover

Step 1. Open a new Word document and click “File”.

Step 2. Click “Options” and then select “Save”. You will find the AutoRecover file location.

AutoRecover File Location

Step 3. Copy this file path and open it in “File Explorer” to check the files.

Find Lost Document

Step 4. Open Microsoft Word > Click “File” tab > Choose  “Open” > Select  “Recover Unsaved Documents” > Paste the copied .asd file in the File name search box.

Choose a Location to Store

Step 5. After that, your files will be back.

Way 2. Recover from Temporary Files

If you have enabled the Always backup copy feature in Microsoft Word, you can also recover your DOCX file this way. If you're not sure, go to File in the Word app > Options > Advanced > Save and see if the Always create backup copy option is enabled. Now follow me to the operation.

For Windows 7 users: C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\

For Windows 8/10 users: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles\

Or you can follow the steps below to find them:

Step 1. Open the Word program, and click the "File" tab; then, click "Info" > "Manage Document".

Word Info

Step 2. Click "Recover Unsaved Documents" from the drop-down menu.

Manage Document

Step 3. Select the unsaved file and click the "Open" button. Then, on the pop-up window, choose "Save As" to store it in any place you like.

Save As

Way 3. Recover DOCX/DOC from Document Recovery

However, if none of the methods above help you recover the DOCX file, how about trying professional DOCX file recovery software? MyRecover may be able to assist you in achieving your goal.

With a few clicks, you can recover deleted DOCX files with MyRecover. It also has a fast recovery rate and a high-security rate. Furthermore, it is compatible with multiple Windows versions, including Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Server. More importantly, MyRecover can recover various file types, such as deleted videos, music, and so on.  

Download SoftwareWin 11/10/8/7/Server
Secure Download

Step 1. Download and install MyRecover on your Windows computer and choose the partition where the deleted MS Office files were stored before. Hover the mouse over the drive and click Scan to scan.


Step 2. The scanning process will start with a quick scan and then a deep scan to find more missing files. You could perform data recovery during the scanning and you don't need to stop the scan.


Step 3. Tick the Deleted files and click the button "Recover files" to save the recovered deleted documents. 


Way 4. Get back a DOCX file by using MyRecover

Repair corrupted DOCX File (online)

If a DOCX file gets corrupted, then it can’t be opened or read, not respond and freeze until it is repaired. Now follow me to know how to recover corrupted DOCX file (online).

Way 1. Recover corrupted DOCX files from Any File

Step 1. Open the Word application, click "File" on the left top menu and click "Open".

Step 2. Click "Browse" to find the corrupted DOCX Word file.

Word Open Browse

Step 3. Click the "All Files" button and select "Recover Text from Any File (*.*)" from the dropdown menu.

Step 4. Click "Open" and wait for the Word application to re-open and display your Word document content.

Recover Text from AnyFile

Step 5. As long as you see the file content, copy the content and save it in a new file.

Way 2. Recover corrupted DOCX files with Open and Repair

Step 1. Open the Word application, and click "File" on the left top menu pane. Then click "Open" and select "Browse" to open the corrupted .docx file.

Word Open Browse

Step 2. Navigate to find the corrupted DOCX word file and select it.

Step 3. Then, click the Open option and select "Open and Repair" from the dropdown list.

Open and Repair

Wait patiently to let the file be repaired by this built-in feature in your Word application.

Step 4.  Once you see the file content, copy and save the content to a new DOCX Document file.

Way 3. Recover corrupted DOCX file online

Step 1. Go to the online recovery page and then select a text file by clicking the "SELECT FILE" button.

Select File

Step 2. Enter your email address and then click "Next".

Step 3. Wait for file recovery to be completed. Download the recovered Word file

Texts recovered from damaged Word or Rich Text documents are saved to a new file with a *.docx extension – the latest file format supported by MS Word.


Here in this post, we list the ways to recover the DOCX file, including the deleted DOCX file and the corrupted one. By using the above ways, the deleted or corrupted files can be restored. But if those ways are not working for you, then MyRecover can be your efficient and useful choice. In addition, we also recommend you back up your PC with AOMEI Backupper to avoid the next data loss.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.