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Old 03-23-2014, 07:19 PM
 
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Is there a way to retrieve a document after you changed items on it~? I accidentally didn't "save as" and deleted items and added items. This may not make sense, but I keep records for different things to turn into the accountant and deleted this record of year 2013 and added 2014 with the items needed. What do I do now~? Is it totally lost~? I presume it is.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:49 AM
 
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I don.t know if Excel does revisioning or any type of automatic backup but if it does that would be the way to recover it. Someone else will be able to help you with that.

If not there is small chance you might be able to recover it using something like PC Inspector or other file recovery software.

PC Inspector - kostenlose Software fr die Datenrettung von CONVAR - Die Datenretter.

When you "save as" the file or parts of the file may be allocated to other parts of the disc. That will find those older files or fragments of them. It will list everything it finds and the health of what it finds. With something like Excel you should be able to repair or open what data is there.

If this is really important file stop using the computer as the more disk activity (such as viewing pages on the Internet) involved the more likely those old versions or fragments may get overwritten. Hook the disk drive to another compter and run the recovery software from there.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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If you saved over the original, it's lost. Sorry.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:38 AM
 
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Start, search then type in *.xls or *.xlsx or whatever the extension is. There may be a temporary version saved somewhere.

It's worth a shot.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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Wow, you guys give up too easily. OP, if you have Windows Vista, 7 or 8 you might be in luck.

Previous versions of files: frequently asked questions - Microsoft Windows Help
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:54 PM
 
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Wow, you guys give up too easily. OP, if you have Windows Vista, 7 or 8 you might be in luck.

Previous versions of files: frequently asked questions - Microsoft Windows Help
Someone is firing on all cylinders today!

I wasn't able to rep because rep police told me to "spread 'em!".
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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I wasn't able to rep because rep police told me to "spread 'em!".
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:56 PM
 
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I don.t know if Excel does revisioning or any type of automatic backup but if it does that would be the way to recover it. Someone else will be able to help you with that.

If not there is small chance you might be able to recover it using something like PC Inspector or other file recovery software.

PC Inspector - kostenlose Software fr die Datenrettung von CONVAR - Die Datenretter.

When you "save as" the file or parts of the file may be allocated to other parts of the disc. That will find those older files or fragments of them. It will list everything it finds and the health of what it finds. With something like Excel you should be able to repair or open what data is there.

If this is really important file stop using the computer as the more disk activity (such as viewing pages on the Internet) involved the more likely those old versions or fragments may get overwritten. Hook the disk drive to another compter and run the recovery software from there.
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If you saved over the original, it's lost. Sorry.

I looked at the link you sent and never heard of it and I wasn't comfortable to download it. I emailed my PC guy and he never heard of it either. I think I saved it over the original




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Start, search then type in *.xls or *.xlsx or whatever the extension is. There may be a temporary version saved somewhere.

It's worth a shot.

I have no earthly idea what your talking about regarding *.sls or *xlsx



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Wow, you guys give up too easily. OP, if you have Windows Vista, 7 or 8 you might be in luck.

Previous versions of files: frequently asked questions - Microsoft Windows Help

I did this on Vista. I'll look but it may not make sense to me.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:00 AM
 
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I looked at the link you sent and never heard of it and I wasn't comfortable to download it.
I couldn't guarantee it's safe but I've used it many times myself and wouldn't give it a second thought installing it again. That program has been around for ages and no issues I'm aware of.





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I have no earthly idea what your talking about regarding *.sls or *xlsx
The * is a wildcard and if you do a search for *.sls it's going to return results for every file with .sls extension.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:32 AM
 
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The * is a wildcard and if you do a search for *.sls it's going to return results for every file with .sls extension.
Correct. And make sure you do *.xls not sls.
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