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Excel Guide

Salvaging Your Work: How to Recover an Excel File

Losing an important Excel file due to accidental deletion or unexpected issues can be distressing. However, Excel provides several options to recover your files and prevent data loss. In this guide, we'll explore various methods to recover an Excel file, ensuring that your valuable work is not permanently lost.

Recovering from the Recycle Bin

  1. Open the Recycle Bin on your computer desktop.
  2. Look for the Excel file you want to recover.
  3. Right-click on the file and choose "Restore" to return it to its original location.

Recovering Previous Versions

  1. Navigate to the folder where your Excel file was located.
  2. Right-click on the folder and select "Restore previous versions."
  3. In the "Previous Versions" tab, select a version of the folder that contains your Excel file.
  4. Click "Restore" to recover the selected version.

Using File History (Windows)

  1. Open the folder where your Excel file was located.
  2. Right-click on the folder and choose "Restore previous versions."
  3. In the "Previous Versions" tab, click on "Open" to view the contents.
  4. Locate your Excel file, right-click on it, and select "Restore to" to recover it to its original location.

Recovering from OneDrive or SharePoint

  1. If you use OneDrive or SharePoint, open the web version of the service.
  2. Navigate to the folder where your Excel file was stored.
  3. Right-click on the file and choose "Version history" or a similar option.
  4. Select a previous version of the file and click "Restore" to recover it.

Using the AutoRecover Feature

  1. Open Excel and go to the "File" tab.
  2. Click on "Info" in the menu on the left.
  3. Look for the "Manage Workbook" option.
  4. Click on the dropdown arrow next to it and choose "Recover Unsaved Workbooks."
  5. The Document Recovery Pane will appear, displaying any unsaved files.
  6. Select the unsaved file you want to recover.
  7. Click "Open" to restore the unsaved file.

Using the Backup Copy

  1. Check if you have a backup copy of your Excel file stored in a different location or on an external drive.
  2. If a backup is available, copy the file and paste it to the original location or another desired location.
  3. Open the copied file to access your recovered data.

Conclusion

Excel provides various methods to recover files, ranging from Recycle Bin retrieval to utilizing features like Previous Versions, File History, and AutoRecover. Additionally, maintaining backup copies in different locations adds an extra layer of protection against data loss. Follow the steps outlined in this guide to successfully recover an Excel file based on your specific situation and available recovery options.