Note The whole document may be lost if you have not recently saved the document. If you have saved your document, you may lose only the changes that you made since the last save. Be aware that some lost documents may not be recoverable.
The AutoRecover feature in Word performs an emergency backup of open documents when an error occurs. Some errors can interfere with the AutoRecover functionality. The AutoRecover feature is not a substitute for saving your files.
We do not provide any utilities to recover deleted documents. However, some third-party utilities to recover deleted documents may be available on the Internet.
For more information about AutoRecover, see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
What is the AutoRecover feature in Word?
Automatically saving current work (open document)
How Word creates and recovers the AutoRecover files
Article ID: 316951 - Last Review: Jan 13, 2014 - Revision: 1