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If you are running out the door, in a hurry, you realize you forgot to save the latest version of your work in Excel. Alternately, your computer may have crashed or run out of battery before you can save your most recent work. So read the articel to help you how to recover unsaved excel files.


Open Excel and select the "File" menu.
Choose "Recent" and then "Recover Unsaved Workbooks." The saved drafts folder opens on your desktop.
Select the file you were working on and forgot to save. Select "File," and then "Save As."
Open Excel and select the workbook in which you were working.
Select "File," and then "Info."
From the list of versions, click the one labeled "when I closed without saving."
Click "Restore" from the business bar. This selection overwrites the previous version of the workbook to the last version autosaved.

Did you get it work? If not, you can use a recovery software.

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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