Sometimes you might accidentally delete the worksheet or even the whole workbook you are working on. This could be a disaster if you are working with important data and have no backup copy of that Excel workbook. In this article, I will show you how to undo delete sheet in Excel.
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3 Easy Ways to Undo Delete Sheet in Excel
Let’s assume a scenario where we have an Excel file that contains information about the Annual Salary and Tax Rate of the employees of a company. I will use this Excel workbook to show you how to undo delete sheet in Excel.
Method 1: Make a Copy of the Existing Sheet to Undo Delete Sheet in Excel
If you accidentally have deleted one or multiple worksheets of your Excel workbook but have not saved the file afterward, you can still recover the deleted worksheet. The easiest way is to close the workbook without saving it. But if we do that, the changes we have made will not be saved. If you want to undo the deleted sheet while keeping the changes you have made, you can do so by making a copy of the workbook. Let’s see how we can do that.
- First, we will click on the File.
- Next, we will click on the Save As Command.
- Then, we will save the existing workbook with another name.
- Finally, we will click on OK.
- Now, we will click on the Close button to close the existing workbook.
- We will now open the new workbook that we have saved with a new name.
- We will see that all the changes are saved in the worksheet. But the workbook does not have the deleted worksheet.
- We will now open the old workbook.
- We will see that changes we have made after the deletion are not saved but the workbook has the deleted worksheet in it.
- We will now move the worksheet that was accidentally deleted from the old workbook to the new workbook.
- To do that, we will right-click on the name of the sheet from the sheet tab. A menu will appear. We will click on the Move or Copy from that menu.
- We will now select the name of the new workbook from the To book drop-down.
- Then, we will select the move to end option from the Before sheet
- Next, we will check the option Create a copy.
- Finally, we will click on OK.
- Now, the accidentally deleted worksheet will move to the new worksheet while the changes we have made also be saved.
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Method 2: Recover Delete Sheet Using the AutoSave Feature in Excel
We might accidentally close a workbook without saving the changes or there was a technical glitch that forced Excel to close abruptly without letting you save the change or the new worksheets you added in that workbook. In such a case, you can recover the workbook using the AutoSave feature of Excel. We have to follow the below steps.
- First, you have to open the abruptly closed Excel workbook. Upon opening the file again, you will see a pan titled Document Recovery on the left side of the workbook. It will tell us that it has recovered the file that was closed unexpectedly.
- We will click on the drop-down like below and select Save As from the menu to save the recovered file.
- Alternatively, we can also save the file using the Manage Workbook First, We will click on the File tab.
- Then, we will click on the Info.
- Now, we will see the workbook we have accidentally closed under the Manage Workbook We will click on it.
- We will now see the workbook we are trying to recover. We will see a message titled RECOVERED UNSAVED FILE that says, This is a recovered file that is temporarily stored on your computer.
- Finally, we will save the recovered file using Save As option.
- We can also right-click on the name of the file and select Restore previous versions from the menu to restore the file.
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Method 3: Undo Delete Sheet from the Recycle Bin in Excel
Instead of deleting the Excel workbook permanently if we just delete the file temporarily, we can recover the file from the Recycle Bin. We have to do the following.
- We will go to the Recycle Bin and find out the deleted Excel workbook.
- We will then right-click on the name of the workbook. A menu will appear. We will click on the Restore option to restore the file.
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🎯 Always backup your important Excel workbook in another drive of your computer or a cloud file backup system like Google Drive or OneDrive. If you accidentally delete a workbook or worksheet you can always recover them using the backup.
🎯 If you permanently deleted a file, you can recover them using a trusted and reliable data recovery software.
In this article, we have learned how to undo deleted sheet in Excel. I hope from now on you can undo delete sheet in Excel very easily. However, if you have any queries or recommendations about this article, please do leave a comment below. Have a great day!!!
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