Recover your Office files

Even if you didn’t save your changes when an Office program closes or crashes, the Document Recovery task pane automatically opens the next time you open the program so you can get your file back. Click the arrow next to the recovered file in the Document Recovery task pane, and choose Open, Save As, or Delete.

Document Recovery task pane in Word 2013

 Tip   To decrease the chances of losing your work, make sure that AutoSave and AutoRecover are turned on, and manually save (press Ctrl+S) your file frequently.

Applies to:
Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Word 2013, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010