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Article · Feb 4, 2016

Carbonite Pro Tips: How to back up Excel files with Carbonite Pro

Carbonite Pro Tips: How to back up Excel files with Carbonite Pro

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Microsoft Excel is the go-to spreadsheet software for businesses of all sizes. Profit and loss tables, accounting documents, sales leads – and just about anything else you can think of – are stored and tracked in Excel documents. It’s important to make sure that critical business information is properly backed up and easy to recover in the event of a hardware failure, computer virus or natural disaster.

Here’s a quick five-step guide on how to back up Microsoft Excel files using Carbonite Pro:

1. Sign up for Carbonite Pro

2. Install Carbonite Pro on your computer.

3. When you reach the stage where the system asks you if you’d like “Automatic” or “Custom” backup, select “Automatic.”

4. Microsoft stores all of the files created in Microsoft Office under the “Users” folder. Carbonite Pro will automatically target the “Users” folder for backup.

5. If you selected “Custom” simply right-click on the “Users” folder and select 'Back this up' from the Carbonite menu. You can remove files from your backup the same way. Simply right-click on a file and select 'Don't back this up' from the Carbonite menu.

Once the initial backup is complete you can verify that all of your important documents are backed up by either going into your Documents folder to see that the files are backed up or you can search your backup to see that the files have been selected. Your Excel files end in either .xls or .xlsx.

Ready to protect your business’s Excel data? Sign up for a free trial of Carbonite Pro and get started today.


Ryan Harnedy

IT Community Manager

Ryan Harnedy is the IT Community Manager for Carbonite. He blogs about technology, IT trends, and best practices for SMB IT pros.

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