How to Open ASD File in Microsoft Word Application

You can open files with the .asd extension directly in Microsoft Word. Here are the steps you should follow to open the ASD file in Word.

Microsoft Word application has a neat feature called “AutoRecover” or “AutoRecovery”. This feature is enabled by default and set to ten-minute intervals. When the autorecovery feature is enabled, the Word application automatically creates a recovery file at regular intervals. If the application ever crashes for whatever reason, you can recover the file using the autorecovery feature. In fact, the Word document even monitors the changes and prompts you to restore the file from autorecovery.

Word saves the autorecovery files in .asd file format. In case you don’t know, ASD is a special file format for Microsoft Office autosave and autorecover files. If you have a bunch of ASD files, you can use the Microsoft Word application to open them. Unlike the regular files which can be opened from the “File → Open” option, you have to use the “Recover Unsaved Documents” option to open ASD files.

In this quick and simple guide, let me show you the steps to open an ASD file in Word in Windows and macOS.

The steps shown below will work in Word 365, Word 2019, and Word 2016.

Open ASD file in Word (.asd format file)

To open a file with .asd extension, follow the steps shown below.

  1. Open the Microsoft Word application.
  2. Click on the “Open” button on the left sidebar.
  3. Click on the “Recover Unsaved Documents” button at the bottom.
  4. Find the ASD file and select it.
  5. Click on the “Open” button.

As soon as you click the open button, Word will open the ASD file.

Detailed steps

1. The first thing we need to do is open the MS Word application. To do that, search for “Word” in the Start menu and click on the result. If you have Word pinned to your taskbar, you can click on that icon too.

2. After opening the Word app, click on the “Open” button on the left sidebar. If you are inside a document, click on “File” on the top bar and then click on the “Open” button.

3. As I said before, you need to use the text recovery tool built into Word to open the .asd format files. So on this page, click on the “Recover Unsaved Documents” button. You will see this button at the bottom of the page.

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Recover unsaved documents in word

4. In the browse window, find the ASD file, select it and click on the “Open” button.

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open .asd file in word

As soon as you click on the open button, the Word application will open the ASD file just like any other word document.

One thing to keep in mind is that the ASD file opened in Word will be in a read-only state. This means you will not be able to edit the file directly. You have to manually copy the contents of the file to a new or existing Word document and then edit it as needed.

That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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