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Recover Previously Saved Version Of Excel File?


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#1 nakedyak

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 10:46 AM

I feel like an idiot, but I was working on an excel document, and I wanted to use that template to create another similar one. I erased most of the data in the first doc, and then entered some new data. Instead of clicking on "save as" and making a new document, I just hit save accidentally without thinking. So I erased the original document and saved over it with the new doc...which I didn't want to do obviously. It wouldn't let me undo any changes I made either. Is there any way I can recover the original document that I was editing? Thanks

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 05:30 AM

Hi nakedyak.
Too much time has passed and the original is gone.
In Excel, there is an auto recovery setting at Tools>Options>Save tab.
Default time is around 10 minutes and can be set for a maximum of 2hrs.
The original worksheet will still be in the listed location within the time frame settings.
Beyond that, it's gone. Just something for future reference. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:14 AM

For future reference, could I have recovered it within 10 minutes?

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:32 AM

Yes, provided the autorecovery function is enabled and was set for a time equal to that or longer. It is there mainly in case of a brief power outage or system chrash while you're working.
Navigate to the location I posted and check. :thumbsup:

Edited by HitSquad, 02 October 2008 - 10:03 AM.


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Posted 03 October 2008 - 02:57 AM

Join the crowd, nakedyak: I feel this too-fast save is the most serious risk of losing a document, given my typical work pattern. I'm so sick of the same careless error of mine that I leave a freeware program called Instaback running in background always. Mine is watching the whole of My Documents on my work desktop, and keeping a copy of the last three versions of any document I create or change. All of that is settable. It's been keeping those records for six months now on a 2Gb memory stick, and has dug me out of destroying a de-facto template twice.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 06:51 AM

Mine is watching the whole of My Documents on my work desktop, and keeping a copy of the last three versions of any document


Something along those lines is always preferable if you earn your living with docs,sheets,etc.
I always thought Office's Autorecovery should do the same rather then overwriting the original every set time period.
If it is overwritten twice before you realize your mistake, you're screwed anyway. :thumbsup:




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