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How To Recover MS Excel File If Unwanted Changes Are Made
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In Microsoft Excel, if you save unwanted changes to a file, you may be able to recover the original file.
When you save changes a Microsoft Excel file, the following occurs:
103329The deleted original file is located in the same directory or folder as the newly modified file in Windows. On the Macintosh, temporary files are placed in an invisible folder called Temporary Items in the root level of the hard disk.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/103329/EN-US/ )XL: Error Message When You Try to Save a File
WARNING: Microsoft does not guarantee that any deleted Microsoft Excel file can be recovered, or if recovered, that the file will be reliable.
The method that you use to recover a deleted file is dependent on the operating system that you are using. To recover a deleted file, you need a utility program to accomplish the task.
MS-DOS, versions 6.0 and later, ships with a utility called Undelete, which you can use to recover deleted files. However, the following operating systems do not ship with a utility to recover deleted files:
MS-DOS 5.0 and earlier Macintosh (all Systems) Windows NT Windows 95
Windows NT does not allow deleted files to be recovered, and therefore, no undelete utilities are available.
Third-party programs are available that can recover deleted files.
For more information about undeleting files, consult the manual included with your operating system or your undelete utility.
The probability that you will have success in recovering a deleted file depends on the amount of disk activity that has taken place since the file has been deleted. In general, you have a better chance of recovering a deleted file if you attempt to undelete it immediately after the file is deleted.
Article ID: 150368 - Last Review: August 17, 2005 - Revision: 1.3