Microsoft Excel is one of the best spreadsheet programs which can be regularly used to store, organize and manage data. You may save your daily excel files on PC, USB flash drive, or memory card. However, excel files would get lost unexpectedly and this will be a disaster to those whose excel file is of great importance. Here are some common seen scenarios for excel file loss:
You format your PC hard drive or some external storage media
Use "shift+delete" to delete excel directly and file no longer in the recycle bin
Make use of disk cleanup utilities to wipe data entirely
Virus attacks your drive
Sudden power failures cause your excel file not saved
Yes, from the list above you might aware that excel files will easily get lost due to improper or careless operation. Luckily, there is still hope to recover deleted excel files from your Windows/Mac PC, USB flash drive or external memory card. Continue to read.
Part One: How to Recover Unsaved Excel Files in Microsoft Office
If you didn't save the most recent changes when Office program unexpectedly closed, try start the Microsoft Office again, and the Document Recovery task pane will activate automatically. Then follow the steps below to get back your data: click "file" > "Info" > "Manage Versions" > "Recover Unsaved Workbooks", then you will see a list of your unsaved files, choose the one you need and open it. Finally click Save As.
Part Two: Recover Permanently Deleted Excel Files with Excel Recovery Software
When you delete an excel file, firstly check if it is in the recycle bin of your computer. If yes, simply restore it. If not, you need to reply on some professional tools to help you retrieve it. Yolisoft Data Recovery will be a good helper. It allows you to recover lost excel spreadsheet that is in .xlsx, .xls, .xlsm, .xltx, .xml, .xlsb, .xltm, etc format. And it works with many storage devices, such as your computer hard drive, USB flash drive, Sandisk/Kingston memory card, and more. Please download the software and follow the steps here to use it:
Step 1. Start the program on computer and choose the location where excel file is lost to scan. (tips: if you want to select an external drive to scan, please connect it to computer first.)
Step 2. The tool will start to scan for lost data on the location in fast speed.
Step 3. When the scan is done, a list of recoverable files will appear. You can preview the lost excel files and check if they are the ones you need. At last, optionally mark and recover them.