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You are working on a highly involving, multi-sheet Excel Workbook and like you do with every other document you work on, you decide to save the document after you have entered some data on it. The problem is, just as you are about to complete a rather large section of the document, something happens with the computer and all of a sudden the entire document is gone. Regardless of how it happened, this can be a highly distressing situation. You don't have a clue what to do and rewriting the entire document is not an option. If this sounds like your predicament, you should know that there are several options for you. Excel does provide you with several ways you can do unsaved excel file recovery and even if they don't work, we can provide you with a solution that guarantees success every time you use it.

Part 1: How to Recover Unsaved Excel File Easily and Completely

While some of the methods you can use to recover the document from Excel could work to help you recover your unsaved Excel Document, not all of them will work all the time. There are some pre-conditions that must be met before you can use them to recover the document. If you don’t have the time, nor the patience, you need a solution that is easy to use and 100% effective. This method comes in the form of a data recovery program known as iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac (or iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows).

Step-by-Step Guide to Complete Unsaved Excel File Recovery

The following is a step by step guide on how to use iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac to recover your unsaved Excel file very easily. Before we begin with the guide, download and install the program to your computer. But you must ensure that you install the program on a different drive than the one you would normally use. This is to ensure that you don't overwrite any data you may want to recover and also significantly improve your chances of recovering the unsaved Excel document.

Step 1 Launch the Software

Launch the program on your Mac and in the primary window, you are suggested to select the right file types of your unsaved data. You can click "Document" tab in this situation. Then click the "Next" button to go to next step.

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Step 2 Searching for Unsaved Excel File

In the next window, choose a drive and then click on the "Start" button to begin scanning the drive for the missing data. If you don't see your external drive click on the "Refresh" icon next to "External Removable Device" and it should appear.

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Step 3 Recover Unsaved Excel Files

When the scan is complete, you should be able to see the results in the next window. Select the file you would like to recover from the options and then click on the "Recover" button.

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You should then save the recovered document on another folder in another drive. It may even be a better idea to save the file on an external storage device.

Why Choose This Unsaved Excel File Recovery Software:

  • It can help you recover all of the data on your Excel document without losing any of the formatting or the layout.
  • This 100% safe program is easy to use and very fast. You can easily recover data from a corrupt document in just a few minutes.
  • You can use iSkysoft Data Recovery to recovery any other type of data including music, photos, videos and documents among many others.
  • It can reciver lost data due to accidental deletion, virus infection, unexpected power outages, software crashes and even improper operations.

Part 2: Enable AutoRecover for Unsaved Excel File Recovery

Excel provides you with Auto save and Auto Recover features that when enabled can prevent you from losing any of you work. You can then recover unsaved files and restore the previous session. But it is worth mentioning that these features are only available for Excel 2010- 2013.

Before we show you how to enable Auto recover, let's describe the difference between Auto Save and Auto Recover. Excel Auto save is a tool that Automatically saves a new document that you have created but may not have saved yet. Auto Recover helps you retrieve unsaved files that may have been lost due to an accidental closure or crash. Auto Recover can allow you to easily restore the last saved version which is usually displayed on the document recovery pane every time you start Excel.

Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Unsaved Excel File

Step 1. Go to "File" inside Excel and then choose "Options" from the options provided. Click on the "Save" option on the left-handed pane in the Excel options dialogue box.

Step 2. Make sure that "Save AutoRecover information every" and "Keep the last AutoSaved version id I close without saving" are both checked.

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Click "OK" to complete the process and the AutoRecover feature will save changes to your workbook every 10 minutes.

Part 3: How to Recover Unsaved Excel File Using Recover Unsaved Workbooks

If you have lost the data on your Excel document unexpectedly and you have the Auto Recover feature enabled, you can easily recover the document using the "Recover unsaved Workbook" feature. Here's how to do it.

Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Unsaved Excel File

Step 1. Begin by opening a black Workbook and then go to "File" and then select "Open" from the options presented. Select "Recent Workbooks".

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Step 2. Scroll down to find "Recover Unsaved Workbooks" at the bottom of the list.

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Step 3. This will open the "Open" dialog box from where you can select the necessary file and then click "Open" or double-click on the document to open it. When it opens, the document will probably be in safe mode and you will see a yellow bar above the worksheet. Click on the "Save As" button to save the file to a desired location.

Recover Unsaved Workbooks

Once the document has been recovered it may be a good idea to save the file on a different drive and depending on how important the information on the workbook is, you may want to save a copy of the document to a cloud storage service. This will ensure that you never lose the document again. And just to be sure, whenever you are working on any document, ensure that you save the document to avoid any problems.




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