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How to undo/restore deleted worksheets in Excel?

For example, you deleted a worksheet in active workbook by accident, and now you want to undo/restore the deleted worksheet and keep all changes you made to other worksheets, how could you fix it? This article comes up with some workarounds for you:

Undo/restore a deleted worksheet before saving current workbook

Undo/restore a deleted worksheet before/after saving current workbook

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Undo/restore a deleted worksheet before saving current workbook

This method will introduce a method to restore a deleted worksheet before you saving the current workbook and remain all changes you made in other worksheets with the help of Office Tab.

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1. Open the folder which contains the current workbook with right clicking this workbook’s tab and selecting the Open Folder from the right-clicking menu. See the first below screenshot:

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2. Go back to Excel and click File (or Office button) > Save As. And then in the opening Save As dialog box, please specify the folder which contains the current workbook, type a new name for this workbook in the File name box, and click the Save button. See the second above screenshot:

3. Go to the folder we opened in the Step 1, find out the original workbook and open it.

4. Find out the deleted worksheet in the original workbook, right click this worksheet in the Sheet Tab bar, and then select the Move or Copy from the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:
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5. In the opening Move or Copy dialog box, please:
(1) Select the new workbook we saved as in Step 2 from the To book drop down list;
(2) Specify a worksheet which you will place the deleted worksheet before;
(3) Check the Create a copy option and click the OK button.

6. Now the deleted worksheet has been restored into the new workbook. Please close the original workbook.

7. And now we will rename the new workbook to its original name.
(1) Right click this new workbook’s tab and select Rename from the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:
(2) In the opening Office Tab dialog box, please type the original workbook name, and click the OK button.

(3) Then a dialog box will pop out and warning you this workbook name already exists. Just click the Yes button.

So far we have restored the deleted worksheet in the workbook, and kept all the changes you made to other worksheets.

Demo: Undo/restore a deleted worksheet before saving current workbook

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Undo/restore a deleted worksheet before/after saving current workbook

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can apply its Track Snap utility to temporarily backup the current workbook with one click, so that Excel users can easily restore the backup copies.

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1. Before your operation in Excel, take a snapshot with clicking Kutools > Snap > Track Snap. See screenshot:

Note: You can make multiple temporary snapshots by the Track Snap utility. These snapshots are sorted by backup time, and all of them will be removed after you close the current workbook.

2. And now in the opening Kutools for Excel dialog box, please type a name for the snapshot, and click the Ok button.

3. Supposing you have deleted worksheets or done other operations by mistakes, you can restore by clicking Kutools > Snap and then selecting a snapshot from the drop down list.

4. A dialog box will ask for your confirmation of restoring. Click the Yes button to go ahead.
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Note: If you check the Don’t prompt me today option, this dialog box won’t pop out today when you reapply this utility. Then the current workbook is restored to the specified snapshot. In our case, the deleted worksheets are restored. See screenshot:
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Demo: Undo/restore a deleted worksheet before/after saving current workbook

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    Henry · 1 years ago
    Tried to use your download. Terrible English instructions. Did not make sense. Could not make it work. No deleted files restored.