iWork Pages is a document type designed by Apple to contend with Microsoft Office Word, but it is easier and more stylish to create files. And this is just the reason why more and more Mac users prefer to work with Pages documents. However, there are possibilities that we may leave a Pages document unsaved due to sudden power off or force quit, or just accidentally delete a Pages document on mac.
Here, in this quick guide, we will cover the solutions to recover unsaved pages document on mac and to recover accidentally deleted/lost pages document on mac, even we will explore how to recover the previous version of a pages document.
To retrieve Pages document that accidentally closed without saving on mac, there are 3 solutions listed as following.
Actually, Auto-save is a part of MacOS, allowing an app to auto save the document users are working on. When you are editing on a document, the changes are saved automatically, there will be no “Save” command appears. And the Auto-Save is super powerful, when changes are made, the auto saving take effects. So, basically, it is not likely to have a Pages document unsaved on mac. But if your Pages force quite or the mac is powered off in the process of your working, you will need to recover the unsaved Pages document.
Tips: How to Turn On Auto-Save?
Basically, auto-save is turned ON on all Mac, but maybe yours is turned off for some reason. To save your troubles on “Recover unsaved Pages document” in future days, here we recommend you to turn on the Auto-Save.
Go to System Preferences>General, un-check the box before “Ask to keep changes when closing documents”. Then the Auto-save will be ON.
If you have re-launched the Pages application, but it doesn’t open the unsaved files again, you will need to find the unsaved pages document in temporary folders.
In the case you just create a new Pages document, you don’t have enough time to name the file before any problems happen, and hence have no idea where did you store the pages document, here is the solution to recover the untitled pages document that wasn’t saved.
Of course, when you open the unsaved Pages document, you can go to File>Revert to>Browse All Versions to recover your preferred unsaved Pages document.
Besides leaving pages document unsaved on mac, we may sometime mistakenly delete pages document or an iWork Pages document just went disappeared for unknown reason, then we need to recover deleted, lost/disappeared Pages document on mac.
The methods to recover deleted/lost Pages document are quite different from those for recovering unsaved Page document. It may require a 3rd party program, such as Time Machine or other professional Data Recovery Software.
If you have a backup or are able to find back the Pages documents from Trash bin, Pages recovery can be quite easy. However, in most of the occasions, we happen to permanently delete the Pages document, or we don't have any backups, even the files won't work when we recover from Trash bin or with Time Machine. Then, the most efficient solution to recover deleted or disappeared/lost Pages documents is to utilize a professional Data Recovery Program.
For mac users, we highly recommend Cisdem Data Recovery, it provides abundant features to recover deleted PowerPoint, Word, Excel and others fast, smartly and efficiently. Also, it supports the latest macOS 12 Monterey and M1 chip.
Main Features of Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac
Also, you can check the YouTube tutorial video here:
If you are the one get used to back up files with Time Machine, you are able to recover deleted Pages document with Time Machine. As we talked above, Time Machine is a program allowing users to back up their files onto an external hard drive and find the deleted or lost file back when files are gone or corrupted for some reason.
This is an easy yet easily-overlooked way to recover a deleted Pages document. In fact, when we delete a document on the Mac, it is just moved to the Trash bin instead of being permanently deleted. For permanent deletion, we need go to Trash bin and delete manually. If you haven’t performed the step of “Delete Immediately” in the Trash bin, you can still recover the deleted Pages document.
Thanks to the Revert feature of iWork Pages, we can even recover a replaced pages document, or put it simply, recover an earlier document version in Pages, as long as that you did the Pages document editing on your mac, instead of receiving the Pages document from other.
In conclusion, no matter you want to recover Pages document on Mac, or no matter you want to recover unsaved or deleted Pages document, as long as you use the appropriate method, we are able to find them back. Also, we should always remember that, backup all your important files before your file are gone forever.
Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.