Have you recently lost your Notepad documents and you are just beside yourself thinking that your important documents are gone forever?
There is no need to be afraid because document recovery is not really as difficult as it may seem. Mostly, you will just need to be aware of what part of your computer to look for the missing document in. Let us walk you through how easy it is to recover your missing documents.
There are a number of ways that you may have lost your Notepad documents. You may have accidentally deleted them or the documents may have gotten deleted by a third party program.
Do not worry just yet! There are several ways you can troubleshoot and try to recover your lost files.
Here are a few tricks for Windows 10 Notepad Document Recovery:
Troubleshooting Tip #1 – Check the Trash Bin On Your Computer
The first place to look is the Trash Bin or Recycle Bin when you are trying to recover any accidentally deleted documents. If you have not changed the settings for Windows to skip pass the Recycle Bin, you may very well be able to recover your missing files from there.
The first step is to click on your Recycle icon on your computer to open the app window.
Secondly, take a look for your files there. If you discover a file that you did not want to be deleted, select that document.
Third, once the document you want to restore is selected, click the Restore button.
Lastly, you will need to go to the folder where the original text document was located and you should find it restored right back in that same folder.
Troubleshooting Tip #2 – Do not Save Anything Else
If it is not in the Trash, then the file is not really deleted. And it may not be completely erased. If you delete a file, it tells the computer to remove it from the system’s database and it will be overwritten at a point in the future.
But, if you haven’t saved a lot of additional files, there is still a good chance of recovering it. Because the original file may not yet have been overwritten with other data. That is why you will have a better chance at recovering a document file if you haven’t deleted a lot of files since the time that you lost the missing file.
Troubleshooting Tip #3 – File Recovery Software
If you are having trouble and can not recover the missing files on your computer by yourself, do not worry because there are a number of really good recovery software systems out there on the market. We recommend that you do a little research and find the one that you feel will get the job done right and you may be able to restore your lost documents with the help of this kind of software.
Troubleshooting Tip #4 – Using the AppData
Another way that you can try to recover a Notepad document is by using the AppData folder. Temporary files are placed in this folder and it is a possibility that your lost file is being stored in here.
To recover a Notepad file, you need to do the following:
1. First, press Windows Key + R and enter %appdata%. Press Enter Or click OK.
2. Second, in the top right corner is a search bar, you will want to enter the name of the Notepad file here. A list of results will appear and you will be able to find your missing file here.
Keep in mind, that if you back up your Notepad documents on a regular basis, you will never need to use any file recovery software. And that will make things a lot easier on you in the long run and it will save you a lot of time and stress in the future.
Troubleshooting Tip #5 – Back Up Your Files
Please be aware that backing up your files can not help you restore the documents that have already been deleted. But, getting in the habit of performing backups from here on out will ensure that you can recover your documents if the originals are accidentally deleted or lost in the future.
Backing Up Your Files Using File History in Windows 10:
The first thing that you will need to do is enter the keywords Back Up on the Cortana button search box. Once prompted, you can select Back up Settings.
Secondly, you will then want to put in a USB drive.
Thirdly, you will need to click on the Add A Drive button. You will then select the option on Automatically Backing Up Your Files.
The fourth thing that you will want to do is go to the More options selection and click on the Add A Folder button to automatically choose to back up folders wherever you would like to save your text files.
So, whenever you insert the USB Drive, then Windows will automatically back up files in the folders that you selected. This way you can save and open backed-up copies of any document files that you may lose in the future.
One thing that you will need to remember is that temporary files are removed and emptied each time that you shut down or restart your computer. Therefore, the best thing to do is to recover your unsaved Notepad documents as soon as possible from the temp folder on your computer. Because the sooner that you try to recover your missing documents, the better the chance that you will have at possibly recovering those missing files on your computer.
So, as you can tell, it is possible to restore your deleted or unsaved Notepad files, even if you have thought that they were gone forever. Most of the time, all you need to do is to recover the lost files from the temp folder that is on your computer. But, when that does not work, you can always try and use a recovery software, and that software should be able to deliver the same results for you.