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How to Recover Unsaved Excel File on Mac for Free

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"It happened in a trice. I added some data to the Excel worksheet on my Mac and the power gone out with the Excel unsaved. Is there a way to recover the unsaved Excel file? It’s a business report, I really need it. Please help me, thank you!!!"

It happens regularly that you’re working on an Excel workbook, and suddenly it stopped working or the computer crashed right away, leaving you worried about the work have done, because it’s too late for you to save the Excel. That’s the reason why people need to recover the unsaved Excel file and they asked for the solution on the forums. Actually, there is a free way to recover the Excel not save on Mac. Check out the details below.

Part 1. How to Recover Unsaved Excel File on Mac for Free

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Excel Files on Mac

Part 1. How to Recover Unsaved Excel File on Mac for Free

Microsoft has developed tools or built-in features in Microsoft Excel to solve the problem of losing the unsaved Excel worksheet in case users really need the file, but lost it accidently. They are Excel AutoSave and AutoRecover. First, let’s distinguish them, knowing which one you need to recover the unsaved Excel File on Mac. They are enabled by default on your Mac Excel. If you haven’t changed the settings yet, it is very likely for you to retrieve the Excel file you need.

Excel AutoSave: it is a tool that automatically saves a new document that you have created but not saved yet. It is great helpful if you created a file, but have saved, and later your computer crashed or power failed.

Excel AutoRecover: it is a feature in Microsoft Excel that helps you to retrieved unsaved files after an accidental, like Excel or Mac corrupted, or shut down. After then, you restart your Mac and Excel, the option will appear automatically, asking you to choose whether to restore the current Excel to the last saved version or not. And you should remember that the pop-up only appears when your Excel worksheet has been saved at least once.

Recover Unsaved Excel File on Mac for Free

In this case, if your Excel crashed on Mac or computer issues resulted in the Excel file unsaved, and it is the first version you haven’t saved yet, you can find recover it with the steps:

If the Excel file you have saved over once, then go on editing it, then unsave it and your computer crashed or the Excel software not working, or the Mac shut down, then try the AutoRecover feature to restore the Excel file to the latest version.

restore the Excel file to the latest version

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Excel Files on Mac

If your hard drive on Mac crashed or formatted, which result in the Excel file not saved and lost permanently, you can try the professional data recovery tool, iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac to scan and recover the unsaved Excel worksheets. The best Mac data recovery software has a powerful data recovery capability that can recover deleted files and restore data from the formatted hard drive. The data recovery for Mac tool supports all file formats and storage devices, you can only click three to help you solve the data loss problem.

Things to pay attention to: if your hard drive crashed or formatted automatically, please stop thinking anything to make it up, or reformat it. All files, including photos, videos, documents, emails and more are still in the hard drive, but you can’t see them visually. They are waiting to be overwritten. Any further operation your Mac will result in Excel deleted permanently. And you should perform the unsaved Excel recovery as soon as possible.

Step 1. Install iBeesoft Data Recoveyr for Mac

Download the latest version of iBeesoft Data Recovery Mac version over the internet. Install it as the way you install other software on your Mac. It is fully supported macOS High Sierra and the former versions.

Tips: if you want to recover lost excel from system disk on Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), please click here to do the prepare work before running the Mac file recovery software.

Step 2. Select Files to Scan

Run iBeesoft Data Recovery on your Mac. From the main window, you can see all the supported files are selected, the software is ready to scan for them. You need to uncheck them, only keep the "Documents" option selected and click "Start".

Excel File Recovery Mac

Step 3. Select Hard Drive to Scan

All partitions as well as external hard drives connected to your Mac are listed there. Please select the one where you have deleted or lost the Excel file and click "Scan". A progress bar will tell you how it goes on with the scanning process.

Select Hard Drive to Scan Excel Files

Step 4. Recover Deleted or Lost Excel File

It only take a few minutes for the software to scan for the deleted or lost Excel files. After then, you can see the found Excel files in the result window. Find the one you need and click "Recover" to save it to your Mac again. There is also a "Deep Scan" option in the window, which will scan your Mac deeper for more files. If you’re not content with the result, you can try it.

Recover Deleted or Lost Excel File

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