Restore Excel XLB File

“One of my Excel files was not opening. Each attempt of mine to view the file is failing. I thought there might be something wrong with location of .xlb file which is the setting file of excel sheet. So, I wanted to relocate .xlb file. I had copied XLB file and deleted it from that location. Then I tried to paste it on a different location but it is displaying a message, “Could not find this item”. I feel so stupid for deleting XLB file before pasting it on new location. Is there any way to get back deleted XLB file on my computer?”

You may delete excel XLB file as in above case. There are many other situations in which you lose .xlb files. Without XLB files, Excel Spreadsheets can’t be opened. These XLB files contain toolbar settings, such as toolbars that are visible on Excel sheet, available toolbar options and location of toolbars. XLB files are stored on hard drive or they can be even stored on portable storage devices. XLB files play a major role behind the screens. It is very important to retrieve XLB files if you want to open with the same settings on XLS files. Do not panic when you lose XLB files as you can restore Excel XLB file using recovery software for excel file. Yodot File Recovery is one such Excel recovery software that can be used on Windows computers. This program can retrieve XLB files that are lost or deleted from storage device in instances as follows:

  • Unintentional selecting and deleting XLB file using Shift + Delete keys instead of some other files
  • Emptying Recycle Bin without checking for XLB file in it rather than restoring it to the location from where it was deleted
  • Sudden system shutdown or system reboots due to power spikes, software malfunctioning when XLB file is in use
  • Formatting storage drive of computer or external drive containing XLB file results in loss of all files saved on drive including XLB file

How is it possible to recover Excel XLB file?

Yodot File Recovery software has capability to detect and recover XLB file from any storage device and has lot of friendly features. This tool works on drives formatted with NTFS, NTFS5, FAT16, FAT32 and exFAT file systems. It is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS and provides wide range of possibilities of XLB file retrieval. Using this utility, you can even restore other file formats like XLS, XLSX of excel sheet, Word documents, PowerPoint presentation files and other file formats from different storage media on Windows OS.

Detailed steps to for retrieving XLB files:

  • Download excel recovery software and install it on Windows system
  • Run the program and select “Deleted File Recovery” or “Lost File Recovery” from main screen depending on XLB file loss scenario
  • Select hard drive of computer or any other drive where you lost XLB files and click on “Next”
  • If you have selected “Lost File Recovery”, then you have the privilege to select file type that you are looking for before scanning process starts
  • After scanning selected drive by the utility, resulted XLB files are displayed in two views namely, “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Browse a location on computer drive where you want to save XLB file and click on “Save” option


  • Always paste after copying any file and take backup before deleting files
  • Do not be in a hurry while deleting any files permanently from storage devices
  • Use UPS to avoid data loss for sudden power outage

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