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Microsoft Office programs, including Excel, include the ability to recover files that you've forgotten to save or were prevented from saving if your computer shuts down unexpectedly. The good news is that you can recover them if you have do right things.


Enable Automatic Recovery and Saving

Step 1

Open Excel and select "File," then "Options" and then "Save."

Step 2

Set the number of minutes between automatic saves in the provided check box.

Step 3

Check the box to "Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving" if it is not already checked.

Recover Unsaved Versions of Existing Worksheets

Step 1

Launch Excel and then open the worksheet you changed but forgot to save.

Step 2

Select "Info" from the File menu and then, under Versions, click the file that says "(when I closed without saving)."

Step 3

Review the worksheet. Click the "Restore" button located in the yellow bar above the worksheet.

Recover Excel Documents With a Recovery Software

Step 1

Download WiseRecovery Software , install and launch it.

Step 2

Perform a Full Scan, click the "Start Scan" button on the main window of WiseRecovery. You can see the list of all volumes found on your computer, select the exact drive and click the "Next" button to start scanning. If you can't see the drive, please make sure your external drives are connected, and click 'Refresh' button.

Step 3

   
Preview and Recover Excel Documents. Find the Excel files you want to restore in the scan result. Select them and click Recover. It will take about 2-10 minutes to scan, it depends on your disk size and excel files amount on the disk.
 

Tips & Warnings

  • A good recovery tool can be very helpful. Backup is a good habit if you always deal with important files.
  • Do not wait a long time to restore the lost data, after a longer time, it is harder to restore, regardless of the software used.
  • You can change the view structure of the Recycle Bin window to make looking for your Excel file easier. Click the "View" menu and select the "Details" option. Now you can sort the file list by name, date of deletion or file type to make identification of your file easier. Click on a column heading to sort by that column.
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