How to Troubleshoot “Microsoft Excel is trying to recover your information” on Windows 10

The spreadsheet program, part of the Microsoft Office suite, is one of the most used applications in companies. Easy data management, macros, pivot tables, and charting tools are just some of the features that make it such an impressive spreadsheet. Like other applications, Excel is not error-free.

And the error message when Microsoft Excel tries to retrieve your data is something that annoys us all. Lately, many users have run into this problem. And if you’re one of them, here are some solutions you can try to solve the problem.

What causes the “Microsoft Excel is trying to restore your data” message?

  • Conflicting add-ons: Add-ons add many features to Excel. If there are corrupted add-ons or add-ons that conflict with normal Excel operations, you may be experiencing the current problem.
  • Incompatible default printer: Excel communicates with the system’s default printer when it starts. If Excel cannot communicate with the printer, or the default printer is not compatible with Excel, this may cause the current error.
  • Damaged user files: Damaged user files or improper user configuration may cause Excel to display the current problem.
  • Conflicting macros: Macros are very useful for performing repetitive user operations. But outdated or corrupt macros can cause the current Excel error.
  • Incorrect Regional Settings: Incorrect regional settings on your system, or using an unrecommended regional format may be causing the current Excel problem.
  • False-positive antivirus result: Antivirus programs protect your system from malicious attacks. Sometimes Excel or one of its add-ons/macros are detected by the antivirus as malware (false positive), and the antivirus restricts various necessary Excel functions, causing the current error.

How to resolve the “Microsoft Excel is trying to restore your data” error?

Installing the latest updates on Microsoft Excel

  1. Open Microsoft Excel
  2. Click on File
  3. Select an account
  4. Click on Update Options.
  5. Click on the Update Now button
  6. Let the updates run their course.

Disabling the preview window in File Explorer

  1. Press Windows + E
  2. Click the View tab
  3. Click on the preview window

Installing the latest updates on the Windows system

  1. Click Windows
  2. Select Settings (the gear button on the Start menu).
  3. Select Updates and security.
  4. Click Check for updates.
  5. Allow updates to run.
  6. Restart your computer

Performing a reboot

  1. Click Windows
  2. Enter MSConfig
  3. Select System Configuration
  4. In the System Configuration dialog box, click the Services tab.
  5. Select the Hide all Microsoft services check box
  6. Click Disable All
  7. In the System Configuration dialog box, click the Autorun tab.
  8. Click Open Task Manager.
  9. Disable all items in the list.
  10. Close the Task Manager.
  11. Click OK to confirm all changes.
  12. Restart your computer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Open Excel.
  2. Select Help, Detect and Repair.
  3. A dialog box will appear with the option to restore shortcuts. Make sure this option is checked.
  4. Click the Start button in this dialog box. Even if the Repairer reports no problems, it can find and fix some problems.

  1. Check if your antivirus software is up to date if it conflicts with Excel.
  2. Disable the preview window in File Explorer.
  3. Perform a restart.
  4. Install the latest updates for Microsoft Excel.
  5. Make sure your system has enough RAM to run Excel.

  1. Click the Windows Start button, then select Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 or the version of Microsoft Office you just installed.
  4. When prompted, select Uninstall.

  1. Click on the Windows Start icon (at the bottom left of the screen).
  2. Click on "Settings."
  3. Click on "Applications."
  4. Select "Microsoft Office" (or "Microsoft Excel" if you don't have the full version of Office installed).
  5. Click the "Edit" button.
  6. Choose between "Quick Repair" and "Online Repair."