Can I Recover Unsaved Excel File on Mac? [Answered]

What to do if I accidentally clicked don't save Excel workbook on my Mac? When I closed an Excel file on my Mac, the MS Excel program asked me to save the file, but I accidentally hit 'NO'. What should I do? Can I recover an unsaved Excel file on Mac?

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Dany· Answered on Mar 20, 2024

If you accidentally click on 'Don't save my Excel' on a Mac, can you still recover the files on the Mac? We'll provide two ways to help you recover unsaved Excel files on the Mac.

The first method should save a lot of time if you are lack of computer knowledge. It's more convenience to apply professional unsaved file recovery software to recover an unsaved Excel file on Mac. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can help you find unsaved Excel files and deleted documents with one click. Download this software, and you'll recover unsaved files easily.

Step 1. Install the EaseUS recovery software, and it will automatically be launched. Choose a location and start the scanning by clicking 'Search for lost files'.

Step 2. Click the 'Type' tab and choose 'Unsaved Documents'. From the right list, you can find the unsaved Excel files and Word documents you want.

Step 3. After previewing the Excel files, select them and click 'Recover' to quickly save the files. Remember, do not save the files in their original location.

The second method is a manual way, and you can find unsaved Excel files on Mac all by yourself. 

Step 1. Open Terminal on the Mac with the Spotlight.

Step 2. Type in open $TMPDIR to enter the Mac temp folder > find temporary Excel files > restore them.

Step 3. If you cannot find unsaved Excel files in the temp folder, type in /Users/username/Library/Containers/ in Mac Finder to locate the Excel autosave folder on Mac. You may find essential files in this folder if you are lucky enough.

✨Note: The above methods also work for recovering unsaved Word documents on Mac.

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