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How to Recover Unsaved, Lost or Deleted Excel File on Mac

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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 unsaved Excel file on Mac or recover Excel file on Mac? It’s a business report, I really need it. Please help me, thank you!!!" by Ket

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 unsaved Excel file on Mac and they asked for the recover Excel file mac solution on the forums. Actually, there is a free way to recover Excel file not saved on Mac or recovering Excel files Mac. Check out the details below for how to recover lost Excel files on Mac whether it is unsaved, deleted, emptying the trash or other cause of loss.

Part 1. How to Recover Excel File on Mac Due to Deleted, Lost or Emptied Trash

Part 2. How to Recover Unsaved Excel File on Mac for Free

Part 1. How to Recover Excel File on Mac Due to Deleted, Lost or Empty Trash

If you deleted, formatted, emptied the trash, virus attack or other reasons, which result in the Excel file lost permanently, you can try the professional Excel recovery Mac tool - iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac. It can completely to scan and recover Excel file on Mac in minutes. The best Mac file recovery software has a powerful data recovery capability that can recover deleted files on Mac or other drives and restore formatted data from disk/volume, external hard drive, SD card, USB drive data etc. The Excel recovery Mac tool supports all file formats and storage devices, you can only click three to help you recover Excel files, Word document, PowerPoint photo, music, video and more on Mac.

Your Safe & Effective Excel Recovery Mac Tool


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  • It provides two scanning modes to help you completely recover Excel file on mac
  • Supports recover excel Mac due to deleted, formatted, emptied the Mac trash, virus attack, reinstallation or Mac OS X upgrade etc and more.
  • Fully compatible the latest macOS, this Efficient file recovery software can recover excel file Mac from Mac notebook, Mac desktop, hard drive, SSD, memory card, pen drive, and more.
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Things to pay attention to if your hard disk/external device crashed or formatted automatically, please stop thinking anything to make it up, or reformat it. All files, including Excel files, graphics, emails and more are still on the hard drive/external device, 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 Mac Excel recovery as soon as possible.

Method #1 - Video Guide to Perform Excel Recovery Mac

Method #2 - Text Tutorial for Recover Excel File Mac

Step 1. Install the Mac Excel file recovery

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 latest versions.

Step 2. Select Files to Scan

Run the Excel recovery Mac tool. 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" to Mac recover Excel file.

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Step 3. Select Drive to Scan

All disk/volume, 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" to scanning and recover lost excel files on Mac. A progress bar will tell you how it goes on with the scanning process.

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Step 4. Recovering Excel Files Mac

It only take a few minutes for the software to scan for the deleted or lost Excel files on Mac. After then, you can see the found Excel files in the result window. Find the one you need and click "Recover" to save and Mac recover excel file. 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.

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Part 2. 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 of 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 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 no save on Mac of you need.

Excel AutoSave: it is a tool that automatically saves a new document that you have created but not saved yet. It is greatly 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 on Mac 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.

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 recover excel file not saved on Mac 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.

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