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6 Ways to Recover Overwritten Excel File in Windows 11/10/8/7

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Recover Files • Proven solutions

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Data overwriting generally occurs in a computer when you have some lost files but keep storing new data on the computer. It can also occur if you store a new file on your computer when there is another existing file with the same name, and you "replace" the old with the new.

How do you then recover overwritten excel files on your Windows computer system? This is why this article has been written for you. You will learn how to recover overwritten Excel files from temporary files, previous versions of Excel, and finally, a professional recovery tool called Recoverit Excel File Recovery.


How to Recover Overwritten Excel File in Windows 11/10/8/7

You can use any of the solutions below to recover overwritten excel files using Windows 10, 8, or 7. Some steps may vary for each version of Windows, but you will get its gist.

Solution 1: Recover Overwritten Excel Files from Temporary Files

As you work on your Excel file, Office creates a temporary version of the file as a backup if you haven't saved it. Note that these temporary files will in no way overwrite your previous files, but if you save the Excel and overwrite some files, you can find them in the temporary files.

Step 1. Go to the File Explorer, copy and paste the following path in the search box, then press Enter:

(Tips: Replace the UserName with your computer username when copy and paste the path.)

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Step 2. Find the temporary file you need.

Step 3. Open the file and click Save As to recover the overwritten Excel file.

Solution 2: Recover Overwritten Excel Files with Excel Built-in Tool

If you didn't find the files you need in the temporary folder, then try using the Office feature to recover the overwritten Excel files.

  1. Start by opening your Excel and selecting "File".

go to excel file

  1. Decide to "Manage Workbook" after choosing the "Info" tab located on the left end.
  2. Select the option "Recover Unsaved Workbooks".

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  1. Next, choose the file in question and click to "Open" it.

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  1. Finally, recover the overwritten file by selecting "Save As" and completing the process.

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Solution 3: Retrieve or Recover an Overwritten Excel File from the Previous Version

The second solution you can try is to use the previous version of your file to recover the overwritten Excel file in your Windows OS. To use previous versions to recover your Excel file, follow the steps below:

  1. Locate your current saved-over Excel file or opt to create a new one with the same name as the Excel file that has been overwritten.
  2. Now right-click on this Excel file and choose to open its "Properties".

locate the excel file

  1. On the menu tab, choose the "Previous Versions" button, then select the version you want to restore or the latest version of the file you have.

select the version of excel file

That's it! Your overwritten file will be restored to you.

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Solution 4: Recover Overwritten Excel File via AutoSave

If there is no previous version to restore, you can try the autosave feature in Microsoft Excel, which will save the Excel file automatically at regular intervals. But you need to ensure that the AutoSave feature is enabled.

Follow this way to recover the overwritten Excel file using AutoSave:

  1. Open the Excel File that has been overwritten in Microsoft Excel.
  2. Click the File option from the top left corner, then click Info.
  3. Find the Versions or Manage Workbook option. All the recently auto-saved Excel files will be listed here.
  4. Select an Excel file that was saved before the overwrite. And check if it contains the information you need.
  5. Press Ctrl+S to save the file if you find the right one.

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Solution 5: Restore Overwritten Excel File from Cloud Backups

If the Excel overwrite problem happens on a Cloud storage location, such as OneDrive or Google Drive, it is easy to access the previous version to recover the overwritten Excel files.

Here are the steps to recover overwritten Excel files on OneDrive:

  1. Log in to your OneDrive account.
  2. Find the Excel file in the location where it was stored, and right-click on it. Locate the Version history option or a similar option, and click on it.
  3. Select the version of the Excel file you want to recover and start restoring. Then, the selected version will be recovered to your account.

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Solution 6: Recover Overwritten Excel File with Professional Data Recovery Software

The final solution you can try is professional data recovery software to recover your overwritten excel file. With a plethora of professional data recovery tools available online, you may be wondering which is the most reliable one to use. Wonder no more because the one tool you can trust for secure recovery of your overwritten Excel files is the Recoverit Data Recovery tool. Recoverit is an expert tool that supports data recovery in different formats such as Excel files, zipped files, images, videos, and audio.

Although it is a professional tool, Recoverit Data Recovery is easy to navigate, as its interface is quite friendly. You can use the tool in any of your Windows OS versions and Mac-based operating systems. If you have deleted files, formatted your system, or lost files through corrupted SD cards and external and internal hard drives that are damaged by crashed systems, Recoverit can help you retrieve such files.

Download Recoverit Data Recovery and install it on your computer, then recover your overwritten Excel files in the three-step method below:

Step 1: Specify a Location

Select the specific location where you had your Excel files before they were overwritten. After selecting the location on the main interface, click the "Start" tab to begin the scanning process.

recoverit interface

Step 2: Scan the Location

Let Recoverit complete the scanning process it began when you clicked "Start" in the step above. The time it will take for the tool to scan for all your files will depend on how large or small they are.

operations during scanning

Step 3: Preview and Save

Choose the option "Recover" to save the files that Recoverit has retrieved for you. Ensure you use the app's preview feature to go through all the recovered Excel files before saving them.

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The Bottom Line

From the information in this article, you now know that you can recover overwritten Excel files in your Windows system. This is more effective if you act early enough. However, in addition to the first two solutions provided, the most effective way of recovering your excel files is with the use of a third-party app like Recoverit Data Recovery. With this tool, you are assured of getting files that have been overwritten even for a long time.

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