How to Find the Temporary Backup of a Deleted File in Word

By Cameron Easey

In order to recover the temporary backup of a deleted file in Microsoft Word, you need to perform a search for AutoRecover files on your system. These are files that are created by the program in the event of a crash or if a power outage occurs. The process of searching for these files will vary depending on the version of Word installed on your system.

Word 2010

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Click the "File" menu, and select the option for "Recent."

Step 3

Click the option for "Recover Unsaved Documents."

Word 2007

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Locate and click the "Microsoft Office" button in the upper left corner of the program.

Step 2

Select "Word Options."

Step 3

Click the "Save" button, and make a note of the path that is in the "AutoRecover file location" text box. Click the "Cancel" button.

Step 4

Click the Windows "Start" button, and click "Computer." Double-click the (C:), and go to the folder location you noted earlier.

Step 5

Right-click on any (.asd) file, and select "Open With" from the context menu. Select "Microsoft Word" for the program to open the file.

Word 2003/2002

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Click the "Tools" drop-down menu, and select "Options."

Step 2

Go to the "File Locations" tab, and double-click the option for "AutoRecover files." Make a note of the path that is displayed. Click "Cancel" and then "Close."

Step 3

Click the Windows "Start" button, and select the option for "Computer." Double-click the (C:), and go to the folder location you noted earlier.

Step 4

Right-click on any (.asd) file, and select "Open With" from the context menu. Select "Microsoft Word" for the program to open the file.

Tips & Warnings

  • To locate files on your system, click the "Start" menu, type "*.asd" into the "Start Search" box and press the "Enter" key.