Recover Deleted Excel File on Windows and Mac

I accidentally deleted some files Excel. Now I need them because they are really important. Can you help me find a way to recover them? Thanks in advance! Mary L.

Usually, files that you delete from your computer end up in the Basket before you use hotkeys to permanently delete them or empty the Recycle Bin. So the first thing you should do if you have deleted an Excel (xls, xlsx) file from your PC or Mac is to check the Recycle Bin, and if there are any restore them in their original position.

However, if you delete an Excel file directly with the “Shift + Delete” or if you have already emptied the Recycle Bin, recovery is only possible using professional data recovery software. Another scenario is when you lose a file because you have not saved it previously (in this case we invite you to read the guide on what to do to recover unsaved Excel files.

Below we will delve deeper into the discussion of the deleted Excel file on Windows or Mac and see which software you can use to recover it (if it has not already been overwritten in memory by other data in the meantime). Obviously the probability of recovery success is greater the more promptly the recovery operation is carried out. Good luck!

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How to Recover Deleted Excel File with Recoverit

One of the most effective programs for recover Excel files (and not only) is Recoverit for Windows or Data Recovery for Mac. It is a software also used in the forensic field and by professionals because it is able to thoroughly analyze any memory device in search of deleted data (even for a long time) . Here are the steps to follow in order to use this program and try to recover your precious lost Excel files or deleted by mistake.

Step 1. Download and install Recoverit

The first thing to do is download the trial version of the program on your Windows PC or Mac by clicking on the following buttons:

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With this program you will be able to recover Excel files in formats .xls And .xlsxand other documents such as Word, PowerPoint, text, PDF, HTML, Email, etc… The program is very simple and intuitive to use.

IMPORTANT: Do not download and install the program on the partition/disk where you lost data! Another tip that applies to any file loss is that when you delete important files, you should try not to add new data to the device so that the lost data is not overwritten. Therefore, it is advisable to limit the use of your computer (or memory device) as much as possible until you have completed the data recovery process.

Step2. Choose Disk to Analyze

When you launch the program, the Recovery Mode Wizard (i.e. a wizard) will appear. With this procedure you will simply have to select options before starting the scan and recovering the files EXCEL what you are looking for. Usually, the wizard is also recommended for those who are not very familiar with using the computer. Let’s continue with this mode.

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By default the program (in the latest version just released) will search the selected computer or disk all file types that you have deleted (including Excel files of course). So you won’t have to worry about selecting the type of file to search but you just have to select the disk to analyze.

This “data recovery” program supports the file recovery Excel from your computer or removable disks. You will be able to decide on a specific folder to analyze for your Excel files. If you don’t know where they were deleted, select the “C:” or “D:” option (to scan the entire computer hard disk).


Step 3. Start scanning

After selecting the disk to be scanned, click on the “Scan” button to start the scan in search of your accidentally deleted Excel file. If you don’t find anything with the quick scan, the program will offer you to run a second “Deep Scan” (DEEP SCAN) and the chances of finding your Excel files will be much higher. However, with this mode the scanning times are much higher, so be patient!

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Step 4. Preview and recover Excel files

After scanning, all recovered files will be displayed, including photos, videos, Word files, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, Email, HTML, etc. To search for Excel files, use the preview function by going to the XLS and XLSX folder.

Once you have found the Excel file you will have to press the Recover button at the bottom right to proceed with the recovery and save it on your PC / Mac. Obviously you will need to purchase the program license to be able to complete this recovery operation.

Well done! As you can see, it is not impossible to recover a deleted Excel file on your computer (Windows or Mac). If after recovery the Excel file is corrupted somewhere, even then you need not despair. Read our guide on how to repair corrupt Excel file.

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