I accidentally deleted ALL of the rows on my sheet while trying to make a duplicate. Is there a way to recover this information? It is a lot of crucial data for our project and would be extremely time consuming to recreate!
If you check the Activity Log, you may be able to get a "snapshot".
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Smartsheet STILL does not have the ability to FULLY recover deleted rows. Sure, they may be able to send you an Excel style backup/snapshot, but you lose your: Cell history, conversation thread, attachment links, sheet links, formatting, etc etc etc. You 'might' get the raw cell contents back, but telling someone that a .csv is their only backup solution for their .xlsm is laughable.
The .csv is better than nothing, for sure, but after +7 years we really had hoped that a better solution - or heck even a genuine step in the direction of better data security - would be available. But... whatever.
As it stands, 7+ years on and fully, completely, and unequivocally aware, Smartsheet still has the behavior that if someone can edit a single cell within a row of a sheet - they can delete the entire row! And, they can delete it without even getting a pop-up message to ask them if they're sure they want to delete it! (which is funny, because if they try to unlock it they get a pop-up - but if they try to delete it, they succeed without even being questioned)
And, as if it being absurdly easy to lose data wasn’t enough of a kick in the pants, they also still don’t have a true backup option available. Meaning, if you lose a sheet/row/etc – all they can provide you with is a flat excel sheet with a pile of unlinked attachments. All cell history, formatting, links, etc are gone gone gone.
Feel free to review the following community posts, and then decide if you'd like to open an enhancement request on this 7+ year old issue.
Smartsheet: PLEASE do the following:
1. IMMEDIATELY (stop-gap) Implement a pop-up message whenever someone tries to delete a row. (this is already done for the 'unlock row' feature, and should be fast and easy enough to implement for 'delete row')
-zero impact on existing user rights
2a. (solution) Implement a change to the software that will allow sheet owners to prohibit deleting any row that contains a locked cell/column.
2b. (solution) Implement a new user level that is "Editor - safe" where the user has all the rights of an Editor but where the 'delete row' functionality is greyed out. (There is only one permission difference between 'Editor - cannot share' and 'Editor - can share', so the precedent is there.)
Here is my ongoing (and incomplete) list of how many times Smartsheet has ignored this problem:
Yes, Smartsheet, you still need to fix this PROBLEM, BAD DESIGN, FLAW!
@Brad Jones ones Here is a link to the new Product Enhancement Request area in case you wanted to go ahead and submit it...
This is already something that I have submitted several times over the past 7 years.
With any luck, they will consider it.
I just experienced this issue and deleted a couple thousand rows thinking I was working in a different sheet. Hopefully I can at least recover a csv
Thanks for the discussion
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Have you tried to request a Snapshot from the Activity Log?
Did that work/help?
I hope that helps!
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@Andrée Starå I was able to revover a backup excel file, but the predecessor links were broken and I had to reprogram all of the rows. So I was able to recover the data, but I spent a lot of time putting it back together.
hi @Brad Jones your comment was relly helpfull .
I already have the cvs whith the info that I lost.
How can I recover the attached files?
I already ask smartsheet for it. Do you know how much do I have to wait?
@Rach Gee how was your final experience?
I completely agree with Brad, there desperately needs to be protected against the deletion of rows. The sheet owner/admin should be able to set the sheet not to allow deletion of any row and have conditional deletion allowed, such as if a column is locked or automation that only deletes a row if certain conditions are true. As Brad states, this a glaring omission and to not even have a dialog popup to confirm that the user realises they are deleting. I have had to recover sheets from SmartBackups twice this week due to unintended deletions. Having SmartBackup in place is something but not ideal when you should be able to stop the deletion from ever occurring.
Please SmartSheet, do something about this urgently.
@Genevieve P. are there any plans on the roadmap to address this?
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How do you put in a popup window when you hit "delete row" so that it warns the user something is about to be deleted? Locking rows does nothing as the 4 people that work out of this form have admin privileges and need to have admin privileges.
@beaglemomma There is no way to do that within Smartsheet.
Feel free to browse the "Product Ideas" tab at the top to see if someone has submitted it as an enhancement idea already. If they have, you can add your vote. If they have not, then you can submit it yourself as a new idea.
I just happened upon the workflow automation which would notify someone of a row deletion. This may give the person who deleted it the opportunity to "undo" the deletion.
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