Excel Files Got Deleted or Corrupted? Here’s How to Recover!

Last updated: May 10, 2017

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No matter you are a loyal Windows user or you have already switched to the Apple Mac family, chances are you still use this powerful Microsoft tool — Office Excel.

An Excel spreadsheet is super efficient to deal with numbers and generate insightful reports, which you then can easily save to a flash drive or email to your colleagues. But things can go wrong with the file. For instance, your Excel file is corrupted thus can't be opened. Even worse, you accidentally deleted it and can't find it anywhere.

In this article, I want to show you how to get back the file or the data by using Excel recovery  software — most of the case work pretty well and the whole process is quick and easy.

What you'll need:

  • Your computer that runs MS Office Excel program.
  • The original Excel file (if it's corrupted).
  • The original storage media (if the file is missing or deleted).
  • An Excel data recovery/repair application.

If you use Office Excel on a Windows PC

To recover an Excel file that is deleted or lost, try Data Recovery Pro — a professional file search and recovery program aims to bring missing files back alive. To get started, install it on your PC and select the disk drive (that your lost Excel file originally saved) to scan, most likely the file will be found.

To repair an Excel spreadsheet that is corrupted or damaged, go for Stellar Excel Repair — the best tool available in the market that's capable of fixing damaged and corrupt Excel files and retrieving your worksheet data. The software now supports MS Excel 2000 to 2016.

If you use Office Excel on a Mac machine

To recover a deleted or lost Excel file, use Remo Recover Mac — one of the most powerful Mac data recovery software in industry (check out our review here). No matter you deleted, formatted the storage media, or lost the file due to other reasons, this software will probably get back the file for you.

To fix a corrupt or damaged Excel file, try Stellar Excel Repair for Mac — boasted as "one-stop solution to repair corrupt Excel files", the software can help extract your spreadsheet data while keeping its format intact. It supports both .XLS and .XLSX file formats and can be run on OS X 10.5 or above.


Losing an Excel file or being unable to access the data inside can be really nerve-touching. Thankfully, there are some tools out there that could give you a hand and recover the content. So, did you manage to retrieve your lost file either with the software introduced above? Let me know how it goes by leaving a quick comment.

One last tip: do backup all your important files, sometimes you just can't afford to lose them. Using an external hard drive is most popular, however, if you want to save some money, many online backup services like DropBox, OneDrive and Google Drive, etc. are also very reliable.

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