How to Find Temp Excel Files with Ease in 2020

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: February 6, 2020

Nobody likes it when your computer or laptop or whatever gadget you are using crashes. We have to admit it drives us crazy. Imagine working on your Excel file that contains your end day report then suddenly the black screen of death appears. Now you are left with the worry on how to recover everything you have worked on. In this article you will find that there is a way to get back what you thought is lost, to find temp Excel files has never been this easy to do is what you will think after reading through what we have in store for you. So read on and prepare yourself for much enlightenment.

Part 1: How to Retrieve and Find Temp Excel Files with Data RecoveryPart 2: How to Retrieve and Find Temp Excel Files Using Microsoft Office Part 3: How to Retrieve and Find Temp Excel Files for Mac UsersPart 4: Conclusion

Part 1: How to Retrieve and Find Temp Excel Files with Data Recovery

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The Data Recovery feature of the FoneDog toolkit will allow you to retrieve your temp Excel file with ease and without the worry of any kind of data loss. You can download a free version of the FoneDog Data Recovery tool and if you purchase the full version you are given a 30-day money-back guarantee. To find your temp Excel files and finally wipe off the sweat on your forehead from panicking you just need to follow these simple steps:

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Step 1: Download and Install FoneDog

Download the software by going to www.fonedog.com. There are several tools and features available you just need to look for Data Recovery before proceeding.

Step 2: Launch Data Recovery

On the home page, you will be seeing several options. The Data Recovery feature of the toolkit allows retrieval from different sources i.e. Memory card, USB, Digital Camera, Hard Drive, and it also allows a scan of the recycle bin of your computer. You just need to select which device you want to scan. In this case, since the Excel software is installed on your hard drive you would need to select that particular device before proceeding. After which you can select the type of file you would like to recover.
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Step 3: Scan and Wait

The FoneDog Data Recovery tool will now perform a deep but quick scan of your selected device so as the saying goes. Exercise patience even if it is not one of your virtues. Either way, you won't need t wait long because the toolkit performs a faster scan than most of the available software of the same kind out there.
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Step 4: Displayed Results and Data Recovery Completion

When the scan is done the toolkit will show you the available files that it found that can be recovered. The other great thing about the FoneDog Data Recovery is that it gives you a preview of the files that were scanned which will allow better viewing before finally picking the ones that you actually need. No need for bulk restoration if not everything is needed. After finding the temp Excel file that you are looking for all you got to do now is click on Restore. Voila! Problem solved. Easy Right?
Displayed Results and Data Recovery Completion

Part 2: How to Retrieve and Find Temp Excel Files Using Microsoft Office

Not all users are aware that the software has the AutoSave and AutoRecovery feature. In some cases, it is not automatically enabled but still, Microsoft Excel has a way of creating temp files that will enable you to recover it in cases of errors such as system crash, power outage or accidental deletion.

To find temp Excel files all you have to do is go to your computer's hard drive and look for the folder where Microsoft Excel is installed normally it can be found in Documents or Program files. Then go to "Application Data" then look for the "Microsoft" app folder.

If you want to enable autosave, which is useful for people who forget saving their work, all you have to do is select "Tools" when you have Excel open. Then click on "Add-ins" then hit on "AutoSave".

For users who have Windows 7/8/10, you would still be able to view the temp Excel files that were created but were not saved properly by going to the "File" tab then there will be an option for you to select "Recover Unsaved Documents" under the "Recent" section.

Part 3: How to Retrieve and Find Temp Excel Files for Mac Users

For instance that Excel documents are not saved or were saved but are lost or somehow deleted by accident there is a way to recover and have access to them again. Just follow these simple steps when you are using Mac as your OS.

  1. Click on "Applications" on the toolbar.
  2. Select "Utilities" then choose the option "Terminal".
  3. This will open the dialogue box where you would need to type "open $TMPDIR" press on Return.
  4. It will then open the folder where the tempfiles are stored. Select the one that says "tempItems".
  5. All that is left to do now is sifted through the available files and locate which one you want to recover.

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Part 4: Conclusion

Accidents do happen even in situations where you are just sitting there and working on your Excel files. But definitely mishaps like this or to be more specific loss of valuable documents you have been working on can be avoided by being prompt enough. Meaning, getting used to the habit of saving your work. The most convenient way is by enabling the Autosave feature of Excel.

For some, this is something that may be a bit of a hassle especially for those who are concerned about document overwrite. But it still serves as the best prevention. Although, in instances that it can't be helped you can always be assured that the FoneDog Data Recovery toolkit will be there to back you up.

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Nathan E. Malpass

iPhone/Android Devices’ Maintenance Expert

Staying home, listening to music, writing tech articles

Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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