If you accidentally deleted your LibreOffice document or closed your work without saving, this is the article for you. Depending on how your computer is set up, there are different methods you can use to recover a file. However, you’ll waste a lot of time if you don’t know the right conditions.
|I closed LibreOffice without saving and/or I need to recover files from a crashed computer.||How to Recover Unsaved LibreOffice Documents|
|I deleted my LibreOffice document.||Method #1: Restore Deleted LibreOffice Documents from the Recycle Bin|
|I deleted my LibreOffice document and emptied the recycle bin.||Method #2: Recover Deleted LibreOffice Documents Using Data Recovery Software|
|I deteled my LibreOffice document and I have OneDrive enabled.||Method #3: Restore Deleted LibreOffice Document From Cloud Backup|
|I deleted my LibreOffice document and I have File History enabled.||Method #4: Restore a Previous Version of Your Folder|
How to Recover Unsaved LibreOffice Documents
Depending on your settings, you may be able to recover unsaved LibreOffice documents using the app’s built-in recovery tools and backup files.
Method #1: Allow LibreOffice Document Recovery
Upon launch, the app will automatically attempt to restore unsaved LibreOffice documents and any other unfinished work it can find. If the Document Recovery window pops up, select your document in the left column and click “Start.”
Method #2: Check LibreOffice Backup and Temporary Files
LibreOffice automatically creates backup files and temporary files in order to properly execute certain functions and to help users protect their work. This has worked for many users who closed a LibreOffice document without saving. You can find the LibreOffice “autosave” location by doing the following:
- In LibreOffice’s toolbar, click “Tools” > “Options…”
- In the new window’s left sidebar, expand “LibreOffice” and click “Paths.” In the main window, take note of the listed “Path” for “Backups.”
How to Recover Deleted LibreOffice Documents
Depending on how you set up your computer (and what you did after deleting the file), there are 4 different methods to recover deleted files in LibreOffice:
Method #1: Restore Deleted LibreOffice Documents from the Recycle Bin
Deleted LibreOffice Documents get sent to the recycle bin, and they stay there until you manually empty it. Files sent to the recycle bin can easily be restored. Here’s how:
- Open your recycle bin folder (it’s usually on your desktop).
- Right-click your LibreOffice Document and click “Restore.”
Method #2: Recover Deleted LibreOffice Documents Using Data Recovery Software
If you emptied your recycle bin (and if your LibreOffice recovery failed), there’s no way for you to retrieve your file without a special tool called data recovery software. Fortunately, the best data recovery software are available for download on the internet.
Many of them are easy enough to use that even beginners should be able to restore their files on the first try. We’ll use 2 of our favorites to demonstrate restoring a LibreOffice document:
Option A: Disk Drill
Disk Drill is a popular and reliable data recovery software that we’ve featured many times on Handy Recovery. It’s very effective at restoring almost every file type that exists from almost any device. If your LibreOffice file disappeared, Disk Drill will find (and restore) it.
It’s a powerful app that is super user-friendly, AND you can recover up to 500 MB worth of data for free. That should be more than enough for a LibreOffice document, so we can’t recommend enough that you give it a try for this task.
- Download and install Disk Drill, then launch it.
- Select the drive that contained your LibreOffice document (if you didn’t delete it from an external drive, it’s most likely in your system drive), then click “Search for lost data.”
- You can wait for Disk Drill to complete its scan or you can immediately click “Review found items.” It will continue to populate scan results as it finds anything.
- You can click “Documents” in the left sidebar to filter your results or type .ODT in the search bar to display only LibreOffice OpenDocument files.
- Select the LibreOffice files you want to restore by ticking the boxes in the left-most column. Then, click “Recover.”
- Use the folder button to select a destination folder for the recovered files. Remember to choose a location that is different from where you are restoring data from to avoid overwriting it. Then, click “OK.”
Option B: Recuva
Recuva is another well-known data recovery software that has a free version. Like Disk Drill, Recuva’s vast database catalogued the majority of common file types, including those used by LibreOffice. We’ll show you how to enable certain settings to maximize your chances to recover your deleted LibreOffice file.
- Download and install Recuva, then launch it.
- Click “Next” to start the wizard.
- Select “Documents”, then click “Next.”
- Click “Browse” to select the location where you want to recover your LibreOffice document from, then click “Next.”
- Select “Enable Deep Scan”, then click “Start.”
- Wait for Recuva to complete its scan, then click “Switch to advanced mode.”
- Click “Options…”
- Navigate to the “Actions” tab and select “Scan for non-deleted files” if you accidentally formatted your drive or your document was deleted due to a virus infection or corruption. Then, click “OK.”
- Use the checkboxes in the left-most column to select the files you want to recover, then click “Recover…”
- Select a destination for the recovered files. Choose a location that is different from where you are restoring data from to avoid overwriting it. Then, click “OK.”
Method #3: Restore Deleted LibreOffice Document From Cloud Backup
Microsoft OneDrive usually comes preinstalled with Windows 10. It helps users save space by saving files in the cloud while providing access to them from any device. If you have your local folders synced with OneDrive and accidentally deleted a file, you may find it in OneDrive’s Recycle bin folder.
To do this, log into https://onedrive.live.com/ and click “Recycle bin” in the left sidebar. Then, select the file you want to recover and click “Restore.”
Method #4: Restore a Previous Version of Your Folder
“File History” is a Windows backup and restore feature that incrementally saves previous versions of both files and folders. It can also be used to recover deleted files in Windows 10. In our case, we’ll restore a previous version of the folder that contained the LibreOffice document (from before the file had been deleted).
Is it Possible to Recover an Overwritten LibreOffice Document?
Unfortunately, overwritten data can’t be restored by data recovery software anymore. In this case, the only option is to check if you have a copy of the document anywhere else – such as in the cloud or in your File History. Click the links below to quickly jump to these sections:
- Click to jump to Method #3: Cloud Backup
- Click here to jump to Method #4: Restore a Previous Version of Your Folder