Lost data in Excel 2008!! Please help!

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  1. newconvert14 macrumors newbie

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    I have just done something incredibly stupid and hope that someone may have a solution. I have been working on a spreadsheet for the past 4 hours and saving regularly. As I saved, the following message popped up:

    "Some content in Name.xls may not be saved because it is not compatible with the Excel 97-2004 Workbook (.xls) file format. Do you still want to save the workbook in this format?

    To save the workbook in a new format and preserve all content, click No, and then on the Format pop-up menu, click Excel Workbook (.xlsx). To save the workbook in the current format and remove all incompatible content, click Yes."

    Somehow I managed to not read the popup properly and just went ahead and saved (clicked "yes"). I then closed the spreadsheet and now all the work from the past 4 hours is gone.

    Is there any way to recover it?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    If you're really lucky Time Machine may have some of it. Otherwise this is a lesson on why you should save frequently.
     
  3. newconvert14 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Re: Lost data in Excel 2008!! Please help!

    I am scratching my head as to why this happened, i.e. what was the compatibility issue? Yesterday I was saving regularly (with those same popups), as I was today. All I have been doing is entering data and pasting data from another file. Seems that yesterday everything saved fine and today, not a single item saved.
     

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