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How to Recover Deleted or Permanently Deleted Excel Files?

Posted by Abby Haines to File Recovery 2016-08-15

Summary

Accidentally deleted excel files which are important to you? And how will you do to recover deleted excel files from PC? Don't be panic! Useful information about Microsoft Excel and detail methods about how to recover deleted excel documents under Windows/Mac systems. Lost Excel spreadsheet? Find solutions to restore it on your own here now.

Overview of excel documents

Microsoft Excel short for Microsoft Office Excel, a spreadsheet application distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and macOS. Its calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables and a macro programming language called VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)etc. features make it a very widely applied spreadsheet. From Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Windows, 2008 for Mac, Office Excel 2009/2010 till now Office Excel 2016, Microsoft really made a great job in updating its Office tools.

When you delete excel files from the computer and empty them from the Recycle Bin or Trash Bin, they would disappear from your computer. The excel contents would not be destroyed immediately. Windows or Mac will mark excel files for deletion and removes them from the file system database when you delete them. This doesn't mean they are immediately gone, and you still have a chance to undelete excel files. So how will you restore the deleted excel files?

How to recover deleted excel files?

In fact, when you delete a file, Windows or Mac will mark the space occupied by the file is listed as available space for storing new information.Therefore, if you need to recover deleted excel files, please do not save new data into the space where you used to store the excel files so to prevent new data overwrite the deleted excel files. Chances are, you still can try to restore deleted excel files from Office auto saved files or backups. If not, you can use an undelete software to help you retrieve deleted excel files. Follow below recommended methods to restore deleted excel files from PC now.

Method 1. Restore deleted excel files by restoring previous version

This method is very helpful for users to restore excel files or documents in partitions not the desktop. How to do it?

Open This PC/Computer > Locate the folder where you used to save the deleted excels > Right-click the folder and choose Restore previous versions > Select the versions that you beed and click Restore.
Notice: This method only work when you have created backups by using Windows Backup. If you don't turned on this feature, this tip may not work.

Method 2. Undelete Excel files from recycle bin

If you've created Excel files on the desktop and you carelessly deleted it, it will be simple for you to restore it from the recycle bin:

Open Recycle bin > Find and right-click the deleted Excel > Choose Restore.

If you have emptied the recycle bin under Windows 10/8/7 etc, you'll have to apply method one and use professional file recovery software to help you out.

Method 3. Recover deleted excel files with undelete software

This method is used to restore permanently deleted excel files without backups. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a powerful office recovery software to undelete files for you, even if you've emptied the Recycle Bin under Windows 10/8/7 etc. If you use Mac, you can also download the Mac version data recovery software to restore lost excel files.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can also recover other Microsoft Office documents, such as undelete word documents. Follow below steps to undelete Excel files or other documents now:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software, select the disk where you want to recover your data and click "Scan" to search for all the lost and existing Excel files.

Select to scan the specific disk

Step 2. A quick scan will start first. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

Run quick scan and deep scan

Step 3. After scan, choose those Excel files you want from all the listed recoverable files. Finally, click "Recover" button to retrieve them back. Here, you'd better save all the recovered files on a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.

Recover deleted Excel files