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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 beable to recover the original file.
When you save changes a Microsoft Excel file, the following occurs:

  • The changed file is saved to a temporary file.
  • The original file is deleted.
  • The temporary file is renamed to the original file name.
For additional information, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
103329XL: Error Message When You Try to Save a File
The deleted original file is located in the same directory or folder asthe newly modified file in Windows. On the Macintosh, temporary filesare placed in an invisible folder called Temporary Items in the rootlevel of the hard disk.

WARNING: Microsoft does not guarantee that any deleted Microsoft Excelfile 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 theoperating system that you are using. To recover a deleted file, you needa 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 followingoperating 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 includedwith your operating system or your undelete utility.

The probability that you will have success in recovering a deleted filedepends on the amount of disk activity that has taken place since thefile has been deleted. In general, you have a better chance ofrecovering a deleted file if you attempt to undelete it immediatelyafter the file is deleted.
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