Retrieve Word Documents on Mac OS X

Posted by: Leo Mccoy

Word Document Recovery on Mac

“Hi, I’m using Word 2007 version of Microsoft Office on my Mac machine, using which I have created many Office documents, project reports, etc. But I’m planning to upgrade it to latest version i.e. 2010. While up grading to Word 2010 unknowingly I have deleted few Doc files from my Mac computer. After that I tried to open the “Time Machine” to restore deleted Word documents but “Time Machine” was disabled to take backups. Now I’m in desperation, is it possible to get back my Word documents on Mac?”

Yes, you can get back your deleted Word documents from Mac machine using Mac file recovery tools. But, stop using your Mac system to perform any activities like saving new program / data on to its drive until you are done with the recovery process. Because, if you save any new data on your Mac it may overwrite deleted Word documents and hence reduces chances of recovery.

Common Word document loss scenarios on Mac are listed below: -

  • Presence of harmful viruses on Mac machines sometimes might cause deletion of valuable Word documents
  • While deleting useless files in bulk from Mac machine you may accidentally select important Word documents
  • Improper handling of DOC files like shutting down your Mac computer forcefully while working on Word documents
  • Abrupt removal of external storage device while transferring vital Word Documents from Mac computer will lead to loss of Word document
  • In case file system of a particular Volume on Mac system gets corrupted, then Volume becomes inaccessible. To regain access you have to format that Volume as a result it would result in deletion of Word documents present in that Volume

Thinking how to restore Word DOC files on Mac, then here is the solution...

Remo File Recovery Software for Mac can handle all your Word file loss scenarios without difficulty. It includes highly advanced recovery algorithms that perform rigorous scanning of lost or deleted Word documents on Mac machines. This software is capable enough to restore MS Word files created on different versions of Microsoft Word like Word 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, etc. It is safe and secure because it follows read-only recovery method that does not alters the original Word document and it saves recovered Word file to a healthy location. This software is highly compatible with all major Mac OS X like Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.

Unique features of Remo Recover for Mac: -

  • Files and documents which are zipped and compressed can be retrieved
  • Retrieved Word documents can be viewed in Mac finder styled interface
  • Supports to recover Word documents from HFSX, HFS+, FAT16 and FAT32 formatted Volumes

Things to remember: -

  • Make sure that no important Word documents are selected while deleting unwanted data
  • Install reliable antivirus on your Mac devices to prevent it from harmful virus infections
  • Enable “Time Machine” on your Mac system to take back up of vital data on regular basis
  • Avoid improper handling of essential Word documents on Mac system to prevent document loss
  • Don’t save any new data to the storage medium from where you have lost Word documents until performing file recovery


Steps to recover lost or deleted Word documents from Mac using Remo Recover: -

Step 1: Install and run Remo Recover for Mac software on your Mac machine and select “Recover Files” from main screen.

Mac Recover Word Documents - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: Then select either “Recover Deleted Files” or “Recover Lost Files” option to proceed with recovery process.

Mac Recover Word Documents - Select Suitable Option

Figure 2: Select Suitable Option

Step 3: After that select the Volume from where you want to retrieve Word documents and click “Next” to begin scanning process.

Mac Recover Word Documents - Select Volume

Figure 3: Select Volume

Step 4: Once scanning process is done you can view list of recovered Word documents in two types of views which are “File Type View” and “Data View”.

Mac Recover Word Documents - Recovered Word Documents List

Figure 4: Recovered Word Documents List

Step 5: Finally you can save recovery session of recoverable Word documents to avoid rescanning of Volume in future.

Mac Recover Word Documents - Save Recovery Session

Figure 5: Save Recovery Session