How to undo all changes to get back the original data in Excel?

After modifying a worksheet, you may want to undo all changes to recover the original data of your worksheet. For Excel, it has the undo function to undo changes. But for undoing all changes you have done to the worksheet, it takes time to click the Undo button again and again. Actually, there are methods for you do quickly get back the original data after modifying the worksheet. Please browse this article for more details.

Undo all changes to get back the original data with Undo function
Undo all changes to get back the original data with backup
Undo all changes to get back the original data with Kutools for Excel

Undo all changes to get back the original data with Undo function

The original method for undoing changes in Excel is to use the Undo function. Please do as follows.

1. After modifying current worksheet, click the Undo button in the Quick Access Toolbar to undo the changes you have made to the worksheet.


1. To undo all changes together at once, please click the button besides the undo button to list all changes you made to the worksheet, move the cursor to the last changed one to select all changes in the list, and then click it to remove all changes at once.

2. If the other worksheets in current workbook was modified, changes of these worksheets are listed in the Undo list as well. So, to undo all changes in a specified worksheet with this method becomes complex.

Undo all changes to get back the original data with backup

Another method for quickly getting back the original data after modifying worksheet is to back up this sheet before modifying. With the following VBA code, you can easily back up the worksheet.

1. Stay in the worksheet and keep the original data you want to back up, then press Alt + F11 to open the Microsoft Visual Basic Application window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic Application window, click Insert > Module, and then copy and paste the below VBA code into the Module window.

VBA code: Back up worksheet

Sub CreateBackup()
Dim xWs As Worksheet
Dim xBackupWs As Worksheet
Dim xName As String
Set xWs = Application.ActiveSheet
xName = xWs.Name
xWs.Copy After:=Sheets(Application.Worksheets.Count)
Set xBackupWs = Application.ActiveSheet
xBackupWs.Name = "backup"
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code, then a worksheet named backup is created with exactly the same content with the specified worksheet.

Undo all changes to get back the original data with Kutools for Excel

Do you want to restore to the original data with just one click? With the Snap utility of Kutools for Excel, you can take a snapshot of current worksheet before modifying, and then get back the original data with one click.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Before modifying the worksheet, Click Kutools > Snap > Track Snap. See screenshot:

2. In the Track Snap dialog box, click the OK button.

When you need to undo all changes and get back the original data of the worksheet, just click the snapshot you took to restore it.


1. The Snap utility will get back all original data through the whole workbook.
2. Your created snapshots will be removed when launch the Excel next time.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

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    Khan · 5 months ago
    I done some changes in Excel and saved it and closed the file but I want old data I want to undo all changes what should I do it's very necessary to me to get the ol data plz suggest me
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    Bier · 2 years ago
    Since when can I undo changes in Excel after hitting Save button?

    As my memory serves, since recently it is possible to undo changes even after hitting Save, which is a concern as this was my way of releasing cache memory while working on large files. Also, I risk adding attachments that do not show the latest work available.
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      Ed · 1 years ago
      How do I undo changes in Excel after hitting save button
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        Bier · 1 years ago
        I found out by, by mistake, hitting the undo button in Excel 2010. After pressing save then hitting undo it would still restore previous version. In my case, not convenient as it meant no cache was released and I can't be fully certain that on close, I save all intended modifications to the file.