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Microsoft Office 2016 Files Recovery on Windows System

Summary: Do you want to know how you can recover Microsoft office 2016 files after deletion on Windows system? Here are the simple methods that you can try to recover your lost Microsoft files. Continue reading this post for detailed information on this topic.

Microsoft Office 2016 Files Recovery on Windows System

Microsoft Office is a suite of desktop products developed by Microsoft specifically for business and work. Just like other files, MS Office files are also prone to corruption and can be lost due to system crash, bad sectors in hard drive, careless deletion, and software errors. MS Office files contain work data that can be sensitive, confidential, and valuable to the organization or employee. Thus, office files recovery becomes a necessary task, which is not easy either. However, today we have advanced options and professional data recovery tools that can help in quick and convenient Microsoft Office 2016 files recovery.

Microsoft Office 2016 {ppt,doc,xls etc} files recovery can be done using two different methods explained below.

Method 1: Restore Lost Microsoft Office File Using MS Office 2016

MS Office 2016 always saves temporary versions of the document on which you are working on, to save you from disaster. You can access lost MS Office files within a limited time period after it’s lost or deleted accidentally. The temporary version may not contain recent changes done in the file, but it will certainly be better than not having the document at all. Follow these steps to ensure Microsoft Office 2016 files recovery:

  1. Launch MS Word or PowerPoint or any other MS Office 2016 product. Choose the Blank document.
  2. Click on ‘File > Info’ and then click on the ‘Manage Versions’ button. Select ‘Recover Unsaved Documents’.
  3. It will take you to the UnsavedFile path. Select the temporary file of your recently edited document and click Open.

The Office app will load the file and can help you recover lost data. If your file is not listed, try browsing it in the folder C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel or Word or PowerPoint.

You may see a file there with the correct file name and a dash after it along with a long string of numbers like ‘quarterlyreport-04121200630512349068373463’.

Once found, click Open to load the file into MS Office. Check if you are able to retrieve the content you required. Chances of incomplete file recovery are very high and most probably you will find a fairly old version of the file you were working on. In order to get the complete file as it was before deletion, follow method 2.

Method 2: Using Data Recovery Tool for Microsoft Office Recovery [2016]

For a complete Microsoft Office 2016 files recovery, a professional data recovery tool is required. You can use Stellar Data Recovery- Standard for deleted Office files recovery from corrupt, formatted, and even deleted partitions. This windows data recovery tool is equipped with advanced features that allow file recovery based on unique file signatures and has the option of ‘Deep Scan’ to run a thorough scan, which lets you perform recovery from any severely corrupt storage media and have a better recovery ratio among its competitors.

Follow these steps to accomplish 2016 office files recovery using data recovery tool:

  • Download and Install Stellar Data Recovery- Standard for Windows.
  • Launch the Windows Data Recovery software.
  • Select ‘Office Documents’ by clicking the checkbox.
  • Turn on the ‘Deep Scan’ toggle switch and click the ‘Next’ button.
  • Choose the location of the file where it was last saved and click the ‘Scan’ button.

The Deep Scan option takes more time as it thoroughly searches for the deleted files in drive location based on file signatures. So be patient.

  • In the left Tree View pane, you can see all recovered folders and files. Click on the ‘File Type’ tab.
  • Double-click ‘Documents’ to expand it and select deleted MS Office file. You can also click on particular files to preview them before you begin the recovery process.
  • Check the checkboxes of the files that you want to recover and then click the ‘Recover’ button.
  • Click the ‘Browse’ button to select the location where you want to save the recovered MS Office files and then click the ‘Start Saving’ button.

Microsoft Office 2016 files recovery process starts, and the Stellar Data Recovery- Standard for Windows software saves the selected recovered files at the desired location.

NOTE: Make sure not to select the same drive. If you want to recover a deleted file, it’s important to stop using the drive or PC until recovery is done. Use of a different PC or external storage is highly recommended during data recovery process.


Windows inbuilt file recovery doesn’t work in most cases. Even when it works, it only recovers incomplete document file, while the Stellar Data Recovery- Standard for Windows tool can recover complete file even if it’s permanently deleted from the drive. Also, if data is more important, it’s better to go with a powerful data recovery tool. It’s much quicker and efficient, and chances of 2016 office files recovery are also very high with this tool.

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