How to Recover Unsaved/Lost Excel File 2016/2013/2010/2007

If you have not saved the Excel file in time when encountering a sudden Excel/system crash, careless operation, or a power failure, do not worry, you can recover unsaved Excel file from Excel Document Recovery, Temporary File, and AutoRecover. Meanwhile, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to retrieve the deleted Excel file in three steps.

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See Available Solutions in Recovering Unsaved Excel Document

Applied to Excel 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 or older edition

There are three ways in all to recover unsaved Excel files. The table below is an overview of the solution, read detailed content for full steps.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover via document recovery Open Excel application, find "Recovered" and click "Show Recovered Files". The "Document Recovery"...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover from temporary files Open Excel, and click "File" > "Info" > "Manage Workbook". Click "Recover Unsaved Workbooks"...Full steps
Fix 3. Recover from AutoRecover Go to your Excel app, click "File" > "Open" > "Recover Unsaved Workbooks". Find the unsaved Excel...Full steps

"After almost three days of staying up at night and while I was about to finish with my wage calculations in Excel this morning, out of nowhere, my computer shut down with my Excel file unsaved. I restarted my computer and reopened Excel but to find nothing left. The Excel file disappeared. Can anyone rescue me from this disaster? Do you know how to recover an unsaved Excel document in Windows 10? "

Due to a sudden power failure, Excel not responding problem, false closure of Excel without saving, or other unknown reasons, it's quite common for users to lose Excel document unsaved. When such a disaster occurs, your best shot is to use some effective methods to retrieve the unsaved Excel. On this page, you can learn to get back unsaved Excel file from Document Recovery, Temporary File, and AutoRecover. What’s more, we also recommend you try data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to easily recover deleted or lost Excel file without effort.

How to Recover unsaved Excel Document in Windows 10 (3 Ways)

The steps to recover unsaved Word, Excel, or PPT document are similar in Windows 10. Three possible solutions are given below, follow the detailed guides to make unsaved Excel file recovery.

Note: The following operations are performed on Excel 2016 edition. The processes are similar for other Excel editions.

Method 1. Recover from Document Recovery in Excel

If you have saved the Excel file earlier, but the latest changes you did are not saved because Excel/system crashed or the power went off, you can recover the unsaved edition with the Document Recovery feature.

1. Open Excel application, find "Recovered" and click "Show Recovered Files".

how to recover unsaved Excel file

2. The "Document Recovery" pane will display the unsaved files. Open and save the one you need.

how to recover unsaved Excel file

Method 2. Recover from Temporary File

Temporary files work as backups. If you lost the unsaved Excel file, you can find the temporary file and recover it.

You can go to the following path to find the unsaved Excel file:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

Or you can make it with the guides below.

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

how to recover unsaved Excel file

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

Method 3. Recover from AutoRecover

1. Go to your Excel app, click "File" > "Open" > "Recover Unsaved Workbooks" at the bottom.

how to recover unsaved Excel file

2. Find the unsaved Excel file you lost, double-click on it to open it in Excel. Then, hit the "Save As" button to recover it.

how to recover unsaved Excel file

You can configure and change the AutoRecover settings in the following way. 

Open Excel, and click "File" > "Options". In the left navigation pane, click "Save". Change the AutoRecover duration in "Save AutoRecover information every xx minutes" and click "OK".

change autorecover settings

If you also need the guide on how to recover unsaved Excel file on Mac, here is the quick access.

How to Recover Deleted or Lost Excel File with EaseUS File Recovery Software

Except for unsaved Excel loss, the saved Excel document also get missing now and again because of mistaken deletion, virus attack, hard drive damage, or OS crash. At this time, you can use  EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to help you to recover lost Excel/Word/PPT document, images, videos, audios or email, etc. files with just a few simple clicks. You can recover data from the emptied recycle bin, formatted internal/external hard drive, camcorder, Zip Drive, Micro card, and so on.

Now, download and install this Excel file recovery software and follow the guidelines below to recover lost Excel in the simplest way.

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

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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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