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How to Recover Saved Over Excel Files and Word Documents

Updated on Jan 03, 2019 by Daisy to File Recovery


This article tells you how to recover saved over office files like Excel file, Word document or PPT file. Try it to retrieve your data when office files are overwritten or replaced by the same file name without backup with simple steps.

Troubles encountered by Microsoft Office users

Many Microsoft Office users would encounter a common problem when they working with the app: they need to get back the Office file which has been saved over or over-written by another one with the same file name. Let's see some real cases.

"I accidentally saved over a Word document 2016I was working on. Can I restore it?"

"I preserved a blank file over the book I was writing with Microsoft Word 2003, and the file was on my external hard drive. Is it possible to restore the previous version?"

"I created a brochure and later in the day created a different file. I saved it as the previous file thinking it was something else. Any way to get back the original file?"

"This morning I accidentally hit "Save" instead of "Save As" when I was working an important Excel spreadsheet. Now all the data is overridden the previous one. How can I recover them?"

In fact, it is very hard to get office files back of which the contents had been replaced. You can refer to the advice below that found in some famous communities. Maybe their advice that can help you get out of the trouble.

But if you accidentally deleted or lost your office files, it is very easy for EaseUS data recovery software to perform an instant retrieval.

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The detailed guide to recover lost office file

As a reliable hard drive recovery software for Office 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2013RT and 2016, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is designed to recover all lost files like office documents from any data loss situations. If you lost your paperwork really matters, you can give it a try immediately. Only three steps can recover all lost files.

STEP 1. Launch EaseUS Office file recovery software on your computer.

STEP 2. Your hard drives, as well as external hard drives, will be detected and displayed on the disk map. Choose the exact location where you lost the Office files and click the Scan button.

select the office file location

STEP 3. The software will start a quick scan after you click the Scan button, and very soon the deleted files will show up.

Note: if your Office files were lost due to deletion, you can check the "Deleted files" result right now even the scan has not finished yet.

scan lost office files

STEP 4. If you can't find the targeted files during the scan, try to find it in the results in each section after the scan is complete.

Note: The "Extra Files" result is especially helpful if the Office files were deleted a long time ago, which might have lost the file names and file paths.

STEP 5. Select the Office files (e.g. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and click the Recover button.

select office files and recover