Word/Excel/Powerpoint Auto-recovery file location for MacOS - corrupt file

A document for finding the Office auto-recovery document location, where you can locate auto-recover file data & possibly recover corrupt auto-saved files

In the MacOS Finder, click the menu Go -> Go to Folder.

Copy & Paste one of the below paths into the field, depending on your Office program:


~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.Excel/Data/Library/Application Support/Microsoft





It's possible that the path will be: ~/Library/Containers/Microsoft Word, ~/Library/Containers/Microsoft Excel, ~/Library/Containers/Microsoft Powerpoint..  and inside there, look inside any Desktop/Library/Preferences/ folder, and you'll find the temp folder in there

Click Go to go to that folder.  In there will be the autorecovery files.  Right-click on the file you need, and Open With -> Textedit.  That should open up the MacOS Textedit program, and have as much non-corrupted data it can find from that file.  Go under the menu File -> Save As, and save this file to another location, or copy the contents and paste into another Word file and save.


If the user uses the web version of the office program, and a tab was closed, or version deleted, check the web-based version of Onedrive, and check in the recycle bin - there could be a cached/temp version that was saved there, and can be restored

Keywordsoffice, recovery, corrupt, word, excel, powerpoint, broken, auto-recover, auto-recovery   Doc ID135890
OwnerDavid H.GroupUW-La Crosse
Created2024-03-06 14:40:37Updated2024-03-19 13:52:53
SitesUW-La Crosse
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