How to Bring Unsaved Word Document Back on Mac OS

Many users forgot to save a Word document, which cause the result of the data loss. If you forgot saving the world document on your MacOS, here are methods that can help you recover unsaved files on your device. Below are 2 tested methods to recover unsaved Word document on your MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini.

Method 1

The first method to recover unsaved word document is looking for the auto recovery folder. If your Mac is running the Office 2016, then you can find the auto saved files in the following path:

To find the location, click on the ‘Go’ menu in the Finder. Next, select the Go to Folder and then simply paste this address:


To ensure it work, you should change the document format from .doc to .docx so that they open up in the MS Word app.

If your Mac is running the older Microsoft Office version, you can take advantage of the ‘Auto recovery folder’ . You can find it at the following patch:

/Users/user-name/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/Office 2011 AutoRecovery

After that, you simply replace the user name with a real user name to make this work. In case you want to unhide the Library folder, you only open the terminal app and type in: chflags nohidden ~/Library/

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Method 2

The second method you can do is using the temporary folder. To do this, you just follow this pathway:

Go to Finder > Go > Go to folder. After that, you follow this address: /private/var/folders and then search for the ‘Temporary items’ folder. Next, drag the folder to the Desktop.

To recover the lost word files on your Mac, you can use the uFlysoft software for Mac.

If you are running the in MS Office 2008, 2009 or 2011, the Auto Recovery folder is found in a different way:

Launch the terminal app in Applications or Utilities. Once you are there, enter: open $TMPDIR and press ‘Enter’. It will then open the Temporary files folder on your Mac.

Once you are there, you can find the lost word document. The format of the file name will be in the form of “WordWorkfile D-56075.tmp”. You can’t open it with MS Word as it does not support the .tmp files. You can download the “TextEdit” app to open your lost file.