Excel Recovery Kit - Online help

The use of Excel Recovery Kit (Download) recovers information from damaged Excel worksheets. To perform the recovery you need to do the following:

Recovering data from corrupted Excel files

1. Selecting a damaged Microsoft Excel worksheet

Excel Recovery Kit can work with different versions of XLS format: Excel 97, 2000, XP, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2021. Files created in these applications have an *.xls, *.xlt, *.xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xltm, *.xltx, *.xlam extensions. Use the Source file name box to specify the location of the source worksheet. There are three ways to do it:

  • Type the file name manually. You should also type the full path to the file
  • Select the source file from the list that appears when you click the button. The list contains all files that have been once scanned with Excel Recovery Kit
  • Browse for the necessary file using Windows Explorer (click the button to open it)

Click Next to continue the recovery.

2. Recovering information from the damaged Microsoft Excel worksheet

On this step you will see a message saying: Do you wish to start recovery? To start the recovery, click Yes. The program will start scanning the damaged files and recovering the information.

3. Viewing the information you have recovered

After the scanning is complete, the program shows all the information it could extract. The data is shown as a table and looks like a Microsoft Excel worksheet, but the font in the cells is unformatted. The worksheet contains information from the source file, but the formatting isn't preserved. The user can scroll large workbooks vertically or horizontally and switch between worksheets.

Viewing the recovered information helps the user to make sure that the correct worksheet was recovered. It also shows the capability of Excel Recovery Kit and proves that the program can recover the possible maximum amount of data.

4. Exporting the recovered information to Microsoft Excel

To export the recovered information to Microsoft Excel, click the Start Recovery button. This launches Microsoft Excel and a new file is created where the data will be exported. The worksheet cells will have the same formatting (cell size, fonts, etc.) as the source file had. After the recovered data is exported, the user can work with it or save the information to another file.

5. Viewing the exported information

After the export process is completed, you'll see a report containing information about the results of the recovery process.

  • Only a registered version of Excel Recovery Kit can export data to Microsoft Excel. You can register the program by purchasing the registration key on the Buy page.
  • Excel Recovery Kit requires an installed Microsoft Excel (versions 98-2021).
  • You shouldn't edit or save a new Microsoft Excel worksheet until the data is exported from Excel Recovery Kit.