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Can't Find the Temporary Copy in Word? How to Fix

When I exit Word 2016, I get a message stating that: If you click ‘Don't save', a recent copy of this file will be temporarily available. Where is the recent copy available? How can I find it? 

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Jack Ma · Answered on Feb 28, 2024

If you want to find the temporary Word files in Windows as quickly as possible, you can directly copy and paste the path in your File Explorer:


If you fail to locate your files this way, you can try Panda Data Recovery Wizard to find your temporary files in Word and get them back if they are currently missing and fix can't find the temporary copy in Word.

You can first download and install this data recovery software on your PC and then follow the steps here to locate and recover a temporary copy in Word like this:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your device and click local disk to scan. 

Step 2. Click "Type" and navigate to the "Unsaved Files"; you will see all temporary copies or missing MS Word files there. You can choose "doc/docx" to filter your files according to extensions.

Step 3. Now, you can see all files presented on the result panel; you can either click the "Preview" button or double-click the target files to preview. Then click "Recover" and choose a safer location to store your recovered Word files.

Microsoft Word has a built-in feature that helps you recover unsaved Word documents in Windows 10. Just do as follows:

  • Click open your Microsoft Word and click the "File" tab
  • Navigate to "Open" > "Recover Unsaved Documents"
  • Locate your files in the list of "unsaved documents" and find the one you want to recover by checking its dialog box
  • Open the recovered Word file and save it

Use Panda Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

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