How to Recover Office for Mac files

If you close a file without saving it, the AutoRecover file will be deleted because Office assumes that everything is ok and the AutoRecover file isn't needed.

On Mac's, Office stores the autorecovery files in these locations. Open Finder and browse to these locations

Word: /Users/<username>/Library/Containers/com.Microsoft/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery

Excel: /Users/<username>/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.Excel/Data/Library/Application Support/Microsoft
PowerPoint: /Users/<username>/Library/Containers/com.Microsoft.Powerpoint/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery

For more information and a step-by-step guide, see Recover files in Office for Mac

To learn more about the Office 365 Autosave function, see What is AutoSave?


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Last updated March 25, 2021 Views 1,171 Applies to: