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Tell us about your experience with our site. JoaPalmer Created on December 7, Today there is NO trace of the document whatsoever. This thread is locked. You can follow the question or vote as helpful, but you cannot reply to this thread.

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I have the same question FredFlod Replied on October 15, In reply to j. I had a talk with Microsoft Support in Sweden about this issue today. I was working in Excel when it crashed and I was prompted to continue with the recovered file.

Excel 2011 Mac Auto-recover file was lost

The file opened ok so I continued working on the spreadsheet another few hours. Since it was an important file I saved it several times during the work and also had a Time Machine backup running. When I was about to enclose the PDF- and Excel-files in an e-mail I realized that the excel-file was not the correct version but the original one I started with This situation occurred since the auto recovered file is stored in a, for OSX, hidden folder in combination with me continuing working on a recovered file meaning when I saved the file several times during work it was to the hidden file.

So this is the reason Time Machine didn't backup the file. Fortunately this hidden file wasn't deleted by excel when closing.

How to recover unsaved Excel file or restore its previous version

To localize the hidden file I opened Finder. In the menu I marked Go while holding down the Alt key. This adds the meny option Library. Open the folder Application Support.

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In there open Microsoft folder and in there open Office folder. Now open Office AutoRecovery-folder. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service.


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  4. He reopened Excel and was asked if he wanted to recover the previous document. Yes, he said and then got a document named previousfilename version 1. To be certain that this document was saved he continously saved the recovered document manually during the day and by the end of the day he saved it finally and went home.

    Today there is NO trace of the document whatsoever. Spotlight doesn't find it either.

    Excel for Mac Set Up and Use AutoRecover - dummies

    Since we have a running Time Machine backup we have lots of backups from yesterday but the same locations are also empty. This is a freshly installed product. If this behaviour is expected Excel then having no auto-recover function at all would actually be better.

    I hope someone out there might help out.


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