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How to Recover Notepad File (Unsaved/Deleted)

By Carrie Murray, Monday, October 14, 2019

Notepad is a basic text-editing program which you may often use to note down information or edit text without formats. Besides, Notepad file is the same as Notepad++ file so we can deal with them in the same way. As a rudimentary program, Notepad doesn't offer advanced features such as autosave, files backup, thus Notepad documents can be easily lost. For example:

"I spent hours editing a text file on NotePad. The computer suddenly crashed, but my Notepad file is unsaved. Can I recover unsaved Notepad files?"

"I mistakenly deleted some .txt Notepad file from Recycle Bin. Can I recover the deleted text files?"

If you are having a similar problem: Notepad files are closed and unsaved after crash, Notepad contents are lost during copy-and-paste, .txt files are deleted by mistake, etc., this post is going to show you how to recover unsaved or deleted Notepad files on Windows 7/8/10.

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Recover Unsaved Notepad Files

To be honest, it is nearly impossible to recover a Notepad file that is unsaved because the file is not written to your computer's disk and there is nothing to recover from. But since the contents of the Notepad file has been saved in the computer memory temporarily, there is still faint hope that you can recover the unsaved Notepad documents from temporary files.

Step 1 Click Start > Search. In the search bar, type: %AppData% and hit Enter. This will open the AppData folder.

Step 2 Select Roaming to go to the path: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming. In this folder, search for the Notepad files and see if your lost Notepad files can be found.

AppData Roaming Folder

Note: When your Notepad files are lost and unsaved, don't turn off and restart your computer. After the PC reboots, the unsaved Notepad files will be lost permanently so you won't go on unsaved Notepad recovery on Windows 10.

Recover Deleted Text Files of Notepad

If the Notepad files are deleted, you can use a documents recovery program: FonePaw Data Recovery to get back the deleted text files from your Windows PC. In fact, it is easier to recover deleted Notepad files than to recover unsaved or crashed files because the deleted Notepad documents have been saved, and probably are still saved, on the hard drive. Even after being deleting from the Recycle Bin, the text files are not erased from the disk immediately. By using FonePaw Data Recovery, the deleted text files can be easily recovered.

A heads-up

After a Notepad document is deleted, try not to use your computer to create a file, edit files, download things, which will write new data into the disk and could overwrite the deleted document. Once a file is overwritten, no data recovery program can recover it.

Step 1 Install FonePaw Data Recovery on Windows PC. The program is also offered in Mac version.


Step 2 Launch the program, click Document and select the disk of your computer.

FonePaw Data Recovery Homepage

Step 3 Click Scan. The program will start to scan your disk for all your documents. After that, click TXT folder to find the deleted Notepad files according to the file name, created date. If the deleted Notepad files don't appear after the first scanning, click Deep Scan.

Step 4 Once you find the deleted Notepad that you need, click Recover.

Recover Notepad File

Besides recovering Notepad files, FonePaw Data Recovery can also recover deleted Word documents, Excel files, presentations, photos(.png, .psd, .jpg, etc.) and more.

Wrap Up

Since Notepad cannot autosave or back up a file, we should be more carefully when using Notepad to edit texts and click Save from time to time during editing. Also, it is a good idea to replace Notepad with a more advanced editor, such as Notepad++, EditPad.

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