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7 Fixes to Accidentally Clicked Don’t Save Excel Issue

Posted by Thandiubani on Tue 28th May, 2024 -

WinfrGUI is a user-friendly data recovery freeware designed specifically to fix disappointments caused by mistaken clicks in Excel.

Recovering "don't save" that wrong click in Excel can be a source of stress, especially when you have multiple office tasks to handle. In this guide we'll explore different ways to help you find missing Excel files.
Part 1: The best way to recover unintentionally, click "Don't Save" in Excel.
WinfrGUI is a user-friendly data recovery freeware designed specifically to fix disappointments caused by mistaken clicks in Excel. It serves as a graphical interface for Windows file recovery and is provided free of charge by Microsoft Corporation.

Here's how WinfrGUI can help you recover unsaved Excel files:

  • Enable WinfrGUI: Open the Winfr GUI application on your Windows PC.
  • Drive Selection: Select the disk where you lost your Excel files. WinfrGUI supports recovery from various storage devices such as internal and external USB drives, flash disks, SD cards and NAS storage.
  • File Scan: Allows WinfrGUI to scan the selected drive to find missing or deleted Excel files. It will carefully search and compile a list of recovered files.
  • Sample and Choice: It may take a long time to view the recovered file. This step is crucial to verifying your identity.
  • Recovery: After scanning your Excel file and clicking on the "Recover" button, select a system location to save the recovered file.
 Sit down and relax while WinfrGUI does the recovery process. Once completed, your Excel files will be safely restored to the specified location.

Part 2: Other ways to edit unintentionally click "do not save" in Excel.

In addition to WinfrGUI, there are other ways you can try to recover unsaved Excel files. Search for these options:

Method 1: Recover unsaved Excel files from recovered files

  • Open Excel. Click on "File" and then select "Open".
  • Click on "last" and then select "Show recovered files" to view all unsaved files.
  • Rename and save desired files

Method 2: Quickly restore unsaved Excel files from Temp files

Microsoft Office's "Automatic Recovery" function can save your files even if you forget to store them properly. Temporary files are stored in separate folders depending on your Windows version:
  • Windows 10: C:UsersAppDataLocalMicrosoftOfficeunsaved files
  • Windows 8/7/Vista: C:UsersUserNameAppDataLocalMicrosoftOfficeUnsaved file
  • Windows XP: C:Documents & SettingsUser NameLocal Settings Application InformationMicrosoftOfficeUnsaved Files
Temporary file names usually have tilde symbols (~) to describe storage over time and save hard drive space.

Method 3: Recovery using automatic saving in Excel

AutoSave and AutoRecover are useful features that help in file recovery. AutoSve saves your Excel files automatically at regular intervals, while Auto Recover allows you to restore last saved files in case the system fails or stops working. To use these features:
  • Open Excel Click File > Open > Latest
  • Search "Recover Unsaved Workbooks" or similar options depending on your Windows version.
  • Find the desired Excel file from the available options

Method 4: Recover unsaved files from most recent workbook options

  • Again, go to File > Open > Recent Workbooks > Recover Unsaved Workbooks. The dialog will appear.
  • Select the desired file and save it.

Method 5: Find unsaved Excel files after clicking "do not save code" in previous versions.

If you want to find an unsaved edited version of the Excel workbook, follow these steps:
  • Open an existing Excel file
  • In the document recovery window, you will find a list of unsaved documents. Click on any file to load.
  • Rename the file if necessary

Method 6: Recover Excel Files from OneDrive and Dropbox

Both OneDrive and Dropbox have cloud storage solutions where you can save your work and access it from anywhere. Here's how you can recover your lost Excel files using these platforms:
OneDrive Recovery:
  • Go to
  • Register or log in with your Microsoft account
  • Browse the OneDrive interface and find the desired Excel file.
Dropbox Recovery:
  • Go to
  • Sign up or log in to your Dropbox account
  • Find the desired Excel file
  • Once found, select the file and click the Download button.
  • Open the file and happy to find your missing Excel file.

Part 3: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about "No Saves" that clicked by mistake in Excel

Q: How do I enable the automatic saving and recovery function?
A: To make sure your Excel files are saved automatically and enable recovery options, follow these steps:
  • Click "Files" > "Options" and go to the "Save" tab.
  • Enables both "Automatic Recovery Saves" and "Check the latest version of AutoRecovered if I turn off without saving it."
Q: Can I make a backup of the saved Excel file?
A: Yes. You can enable automatic backup for your workbook by following the following steps:
  • Go to "File" > "Save as" and click "Browse" to open the Log As dialog.
  • Select "Tools" on the dialog. (lower right).
  • In the "General Options" dialog, check "Always Create Backup".
  • Save the file to the specified folder by clicking OK.
Q: Can I recover the car I didn't save?
A: Yes. Luckily, you can retrieve the document if you accidentally clicked don't save excel. Click "Show recovered files" on the main menu bar of the Excel spreadsheet. This activates the function to find all unsaved files. Rename the desired files to save.
Q: What happens if I unintentionally click "Do Not Save"?
A: Clicking "do not save" could erase all your files. However, you can escape. WinfrGUI is your best option. It effectively recovers unsaved data and protects your work.


In conclusion, we listed seven ways to retrieve unsaved Excel files after clicking "do not save". There are various solutions, however we recommend WinfrGUI for its simple interface and faster recovery. These approaches will help you find your valuable Excel files.


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