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Excel - what to do when I close without saving

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by hjoseph, Jan 27, 2011.

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  1. hjoseph

    hjoseph Thread Starter

    Jan 27, 2011
    Excel XP running on Windows XP: Having recently experienced that moment of horror when you realize that when you saw the window that asked if you want to save the changes you made you clicked "No" instead of "Yes" or "Cancel," I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to recover all the changes that I made or if there is a setting in Tools|Options that could help me. Autorecover is no help, because when you close a file it deletes the autorecover version.
  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    No, there is nothing to be done. Set up the auto save feature in your Office apps and it will lessen the chances of this happening in the future.
  3. calvin-c

    calvin-c Banned

    May 17, 2006
    If it's important enough to hire a data recovery expert then you might be able to recover it, but I'm not really certain. I know the autorecover version can be recovered (you might even be able to do it yourself using standard file undelete utilities) but I don't know how completely that stores unsaved changes. I've done it for spreadsheets stored on a Netware file server because that specifically captures old versions when a file is overwritten. I don't think Windows does that but the autorecover file was simply deleted-unless you reopened the spreadsheet after realizing you'd closed it without saving changes.
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