Last Updated on August 10, 2021 by Ian McEwan
notepad.exe in Standard Windows OS doesn’t create recovery files of any kind automatically. But sometimes the contents of Notepad files are temporarily stored in the temp folder before you turn off the pc with all temp files get permanently deleted from the system. So, you can try to use this method to recover unsaved Notepad file by following these steps:
The above method is useful only if you want to recover notepad files that were closed without saving. If you accidentally delete some of the saved .txt files from your system, you won’t be able to find them in the temporary folder. To recover deleted or lost files, you will need the help of a data recovery software application.
There are data recovery tools that you can use to recover almost any kind of file in Windows as well as Mac. The best thing about using such a tool is that it will assist in recovering files not just for Notepad but for all its alternatives, such as PSPad, Gedit, Vim, and Atom.
Here are some of the tools that help in the recovery of .txt files:
These tools more or less work in the same manner. If you want to recover small text files, a free version of such a data recovery tool will work fine. However, if you need to recover large amounts of data you might need a paid version of the tool. For instance, a free version of Wondershare allows recovery of up to 500MB of data. Since text documents are taking very little space on the disk, it is highly likely to recover your desired files without having to spend money on the recovery tools.
Once you are able to recover your files, it is recommended to save them to a secure location instantly to prevent losing important information in the future.
Losing .txt files that look useless but contain important data is commonplace. Some people are also in the habit of using keyboard shortcuts and they accidentally delete .txt files by pressing Shift+del. A reassuring fact for Notepad users is, plain text files are relatively simple and easy to recover than other file extensions possibly because of their small size and less metadata.
Since Notepad does not come with an auto-save option, you will have to use either an external data recovery tool or by searching in the temp files of Windows to find your lost files.
The first method is useful when you close the application accidentally before saving your file and the second one is effective when you want to recover deleted files. There is no need to panic even if you lose very important data files in with .txt extension. These methods are surely going to work and are safe and reliable.
For some reason, you can’t get your notepad file back, but it will stop it happening again as long as you follow these tips.
#1. Save often
Save every keystroke you make, so you can recover all the content you jot down from the last minute you had saved when your computer is down.
#2. Change Windows update settings of your computer
To avoid “Install Updates Automatically” which will make your PC reboot without your knowing and saving those open files. You can go to the “Computer Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “Windows Components” > “Windows Update”. Then select “Disabled” and click Apply and “OK” to control over Windows automatic update feature on Windows 10.
To change update settings on other windows editions, Click here.
#3. Use Alternative to Notepad
Notepad++ is a more powerful and functional free editor. You can open and edit multiple files at the same time. And navigate between files quickly. The free editor will automatically save changes when you close the program without saving. When you launch it again, those files(tab) will be the same as before, so you can’t lose anything.