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How to Recover Word Files (.doc/.docx) Deleted Using Shift+Del Key or command prompt, or emptying from recycling bin

by Edwin Liu | June 7, 2013 10:21 AM (Updated 04/01/2016)
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Microsoft Word is the word processor we use pretty often, containing various important data we need for our work, life and study. If you mistake to delete a vital Word document, or you’ve deleted a Word file in the past but now you need it again, will the deleted Word file be restored?

As we know, the deleted Word files by using the DEL key can be easily restored from recycling bin, but if you have emptied the recycling bin, or if you thoroughly delete Word files by using the SHIFT+DEL key or command prompt, or if you directly delete Word files from your phone’s memory card that has no recycling bin feature that helps you to undo mistakes, then, you will need a professional Word Undelete software to retrieve them.

Here I advise you to try the Abstradrome Office Regenerator. This program is very compact and easy to use. It tries to recover deleted Microsoft Word 97/XP/2000/20003 document (.DOC) and Word 2007/2010/2013 document (.DOCX) by deeply scanning and analyzing hard drive or external storages like memory card, USB flash drive, etc. I have tested it on my laptop, to be honest, the scan speed was a bit slow, but the scan result satisfied me very much.

A brief guide on recovering deleted Word files with Abstradrome Office Regenerator:

  1. Directly download the free edition of Abstradrome Office Regenerator, and install it.
  2. Run this program, and it will list all drive letters of your hard disk and external storage device (memory card, USB flash drive, etc.) you plugged into your computer.

  3. Choose the target drive letter and click Next.
  4. Uncheck the checkbox in front of Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office PowerPoint to let this program only search for lost Word files. Click Next.

  5. Choose drive to save recovered Word files. Be careful not to specify the drive from which you delete your Word files as destination, otherwise the accuracy of the recovery will fall off remarkably.

  6. Click Next to initial the lost Word file searching process.

  7. Once the searching process has been done, you will see the number of found Word files and the information of each file. Click the “” and “” buttons to preview each found Word document to find the one you want to recover.

    If the number of found Word files is overwhelming, you can click the “” button to quickly filter out your target Word file by typing "Document Title", "Data Created from ... to ...", "Last Save from ... to ...", "Last Printed from ... to ...", "Number of Pages/Slides from ... to ...", "Revision Number from ... to ...", etc.

  8. The last step, when you find your target Word file, simply click the “” button to save it to the destination drive.


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