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4 Free Ways: How to Recover Unsaved or Lost/Deleted Excel File

/ Posted by Jerry Lee to Data Recovery


In this article, we'll explain 3 ways of recovering unsaved Excel files and recover lost or deleted Excel files by using Free Excel File recovery software.

Method 1: How to Recover Unsaved Excel File by Using Document Recovery

If you saved the Excel file before, but did not save the latest changes you made due to Excel/system crash or power off, you can use the "Document Recovery" function to restore the unsaved version. Step-by-step instructions as follows:

Step 1: Open Excel, find "Recovered" and click "Show Recovered Files".

Step 2: Then, the "Document Recovery" pane will display the unsaved files. Open and save the one you need.

Method 2: How to Recover Unsaved Excel File from Temporary File

You can find the unsaved Excel file from the following path directly:


Or you can also follow the step-by-step instructions as below:

Step 1: Open Excel, click "File" > "Info" > "Manage Workbook". Click "Recover Unsaved Workbooks" from the drop-down list.

Step 2: Select the unsaved Excel file and click "Open" . On the pop-up window, choose "Save As" to recover it.

Method 3: How to Recover Unsaved Excel File from AutoRecover

Step 1: Open Excel, click "File" > "Open" > "Recover Unsaved Workbooks" at the bottom.

Step 2: Find the unsaved Excel file, open it in Excel. Then, click "Save As" button to recover it.

Method 4: How to Recover Lost or Deleted Excel File by Using Free Excel File recovery

Free Download Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

Free Excel File recovery software can completely recover your lost or deleted Excel files due to various Excel loss situations like mistaken deletion, formation, virus attack, hard drive damage, OS crash and other reasons. Now, download and install this best Free Excel file recovery software and follow the step-by-step instructions below to recover lost/deleted Excel in the easiest way.

Step 1: Select a Location to Start Finding Data

Launch Free Excel file recovery on your computer, please select a location where you lost data from and start to scan.

Step 2: Scan Your Computer or Device

Step 3: Preview and Recover Lost/Deleted Excel File