Have you ever lost an important Excel file due to a power outage, a computer crash, or a careless mistake? If so, you know how frustrating it can be to lose hours of work and data. Fortunately, there are some ways to recover your Excel file and restore your spreadsheet to its previous state. In this article, we will show you how to recover Excel file in different scenarios, using built-in features or third-party tools.
Recover Excel file from AutoRecover
One of the easiest ways to recover Excel file is to use the AutoRecover feature, which automatically saves a backup copy of your workbook at regular intervals. To use this feature, follow these steps:
- Open Excel and go to the File tab.
- Click on Info and then on Manage Workbook.
- Click on Recover Unsaved Workbooks from the drop-down menu.
- A list of unsaved workbooks will appear. Select the one you want to recover and click on Open.
- Save the recovered workbook as a new file.
Recover Excel file from Previous Versions
Another way to recover Excel file is to use the Previous Versions feature, which allows you to restore a previous version of your workbook from a backup or a restore point. To use this feature, follow these steps:
- Locate the folder where your workbook is saved and right-click on it.
- Click on Restore Previous Versions from the context menu.
- A list of previous versions of the folder will appear. Select the one that contains the version of your workbook you want to recover and click on Open.
- Copy and paste the workbook from the previous version folder to a new location.
- Open the recovered workbook and save it as a new file.