How to recover unsaved notepad file Windows 10

Were you writing something important on Windows 10 Notepad Text Editor and you closed the application by mistake? Or while working on an important draft your system crashed or restarted? and you wish to recover the unsaved file?

Short answer: "There is no way you can recover an unsaved Notepad file, please start using alternate text editors like Notepad++ or Sublime Text, if you use such app, when you close this app without saving the file or its progress, it is maintained as a cache or temp file, so when you open the editor again you can see them back.

Below are the few steps that you may try recover your file if you are using Notepad ++,

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run
  2. Now type %AppData%/Notepad++/backup
  3. This should open C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup\
  4. Now look for the file you missed to save.
Recover Unsaved file Notepad
Recover Unsaved file Notepad
-rw-r--r-- 1 User 197121    0 Jun  5 23:09 'new 2@2020-06-04_222654'
-rw-r--r-- 1 User 197121    0 Jul  4 18:41 'Text File 1@2020-06-28_002515'
-rw-r--r-- 1 User 197121    0 Jul 18 20:13 'new 2@2020-07-18_201323'
-rw-r--r-- 1 User 197121    0 Jul 18 23:50 'new 4@2020-07-18_202809'
-rw-r--r-- 1 User 197121    0 Jul 21 23:14 'new 3@2020-07-21_230229'
-rw-r--r-- 1 User 197121    0 Jul 25 21:40 'new 3@2020-07-25_213941'
-rw-r--r-- 1 User 197121 2.0K Jul 26 16:10 'HelloWorld_Notepad.html@2020-07-26_152109'
-rw-r--r-- 1 User 197121 7.7K Jul 30 22:43 'new File@2020-07-30_223035

Related Questions:

  • Are Notepad files recoverable? No
  • How to recover unsaved Notepad files?
  • Where are unsaved Notepad files saved?
  • Does notepad have an auto recovery? No


  • Oh I wish there was a way out!.. I forgot to save an important text draft and forgot about it! ... lesson learned! .. NEVER! EVER! USE NOTEPAD FOR DRAFTING :D
    16 Sep 2020 17:09:52 GMT
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