Solved: Open .ASD file with Word 2010

Microsoft Word message - Microsoft Office Word cannot open this file because it is an unsupported file type

It might seem quite logical that you should be able to open a Word autorecover file with .asd extension with Word itsself by Open with -> Word. Well, unluckily Word announces that the file is of unsupported type and cannot open it.

Well, actually, it can. In Word 2010 go like this:

  1. Click on File
  2. Click Info -> Manage versions
  3. Click Recover unsaved documents
  4. Locate the folder where you have the .asd file
  5. Click on “All files” on the bottom right corner
  6. Select the .asd file and click Open to open it.





Alternative method to open ASD file:

1. Place a copy the .asd file into the unsaved files folder C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

2. Open Word and click on File – Recent

3. Looking down the bottom of the screen you see a button/box titled “Recover Unsaved Documents”

4. Click that button/box and open the .asd file you placed in the unsaved files folder in Step 1.


NB. For Word 2007 I thought I’d set up a whole new post about my findings how to recover an .asd file with Word 2007.


Here-s a fake tweet for you. Try creating one yourself and have a laugh. After all, you just recovered your work 🙂



Post Author: Tom Pai