How to Recover Unsaved Excel Files from Excel Temporary Files in Windows 10 and Windows 11

If you have lost an unsaved Excel, you can restore it from Excel temporary files. This page explains where are Excel temporary files stored in Windows 10 and guides you to recover unsaved Excel files in Effective ways. Moreover, you can use EaseUS data recovery software to recover deleted or lost Excel documents at a high recovery rate.

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Q: Where does Excel save temp files?

"Hi, I want to know how I can recover my lost Excel files that are not saved? I experienced C drive failures and lost two Excel files. Only one showed up for recovery, and another Excel file disappeared after hours of hard work. I know that Microsoft Office has an AutoSave option that can help me rescue my work. But where are my temporary Excel files saved? What's the Excel AutoSave location Windows 10?  - A user scenario from

Microsoft Office offers the AutoRecover tool in 2016/2013/2010 to save your working Excel document automatically. When you lose the unsaved Excel files suddenly due to a power failure, system crash, or misoperation, you can recover the unsaved document from Excel temporary files created by Office. The AutoSave and AutoRecover may have different names in different Office versions, but they all have the same function.

Where Are Temporary Excel Files Stored in Windows 10/11

Microsoft Office's AutoSave feature will save the Excel files as you work into a temporary folder on Windows PC every X minutes (you can set the interval time as you like). The only thing that you need to do is to turn on the AutoRecover feature in the Office Excel app.

Excel AutoSave location on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP: 

Windows 10: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles 

Windows 8/7/Vista: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles 

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

How to Recover Unsaved Excel fromTemporary Files

In Office 2010 and the higher version, recovering Excel temp files is quite easy by using the AutoRecover feature. Take the following two ways to recover unsaved Excel files in Windows 10. 

You can also restore an unsaved Word document from temporary files in these two methods. 

Method 1. Using Recover Unsaved Workbooks 

Step 1. Open Excel, and click "File" > "Open" > "Recent" > "Recover Unsaved Workbooks" in the bottom left corner.

how to recover temporary Excel fiels - step 1

Step 2. Select the unsaved file and click the "Open" button. Then, on the pop-up window, choose "Save As" to recover it.

how to recover temporary Excel fiels - step 2

Method 2. Using Manage Workbooks  

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

how to recover unsaved Excel file

Step 2. Select the unsaved file and click the "Open" button. Then, on the pop-up window, choose "Save As" to recover it.

how to recover unsaved Excel file

How to Recover Lost/Deleted Excel Files with Data Recovery Software 

The above solutions only work for getting back the unsaved Excel document through Excel temporary files. What if you have lost some saved Excel files due to accidental deletion, storage device formatting, system corruption, or virus attack?

To recover deleted or lost Excel files, you can resort to an innovative and powerful file recovery tool -  EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.  This versatile data recovery software is famous for recovering deleted files at a very high recovery rate in the easiest way. The supported document file formats are: DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, PDF, CWK, HTML/HTM, INDD, EPS, etc.

EaseUS Document Recovery Software

  • Recover lost documents files from formatted hard drive, emptied recycle bin, USB, SD card, Pen drive, external hard drive, etc. 
  • Repair corrupted files for free after the data recovery, support repair damaged photos, videos, and documents
  • Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations

Now, download and use EaseUS data recovery software to retrieve deleted Excel files in three simples steps.

Step 1. Select location and click "Scan"

Choose the drive X: or a specific folder on Desktop or somewhere else where you lost the excel files, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Locate your excel files

To quickly find the Excel files from the scan results, click on the "Filter" on the top area, choose "Excel", and click tree view on the left side. Or, search .xls or .xlsx in the Search box. 

scan excel files

Step 3. Preview and recover

You can double click on the Excel file to preview its integrity. Finally, select the desired Excel files and click "Recover".

preview and recover excel files


The loss of Excel files happens from time to time, whether it is an unsaved or saved document. If you lose an unsaved Excel document, you can try to recover from Excel temporary files. While if you want to restore lost or permanently deleted Excel files, you need EaseUS data recovery to make it.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can recover permanently deleted files on HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, SD card, or other storage media effectively.

Extra Tip: How to Enable AutoSave Feature in Excel to Create Temp Files

You can turn on the AutoRecover feature in Excel in the steps below. 

Step 1. Open Excel go to "File" > "More" > "Options".

Excel options

Step 2. Select "Save" on the left panel. Tick the boxes of "Save AutoRecover information every * minutes" and "Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving".

Step 3. Click "OK" to save the changes.

turn on Excel autorecover

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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