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.....RE-SENDING THIS Question/Problem, as accidentally entered wrong
e-mail address to respond to in the message window...

SYSTEM: Windows 98 4.10
Excel version 7.0

PROBLEM: Cannot open 2 Excel files that I've used previously with no
problems, ever!! 2 others open just fine!

ERROR MESSAGE: bill list.xls: file format is not valid

PLEASE HELP! What has changed in my system OR what have I done to
cause this all of a sudden??

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I edited out your e-mail address so you don't get spammed. Someone will reply to your question here.
 

jacqdec

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not sure what you mean.....create a zip file?? don't think my old Windows software
has that capacity..***ADDED RESPONSE TO YOURS--- I DON'T HAVE A
ZIP DRIVE, if that was what you were referencing...

HOWEVER...I just read an old Excel inquiry at this web site &
found one that listed a "can't open Excel file" problem...the answer there gave me an
idea to attempt to open in "read only" & then copy it and then paste it into a NEW
FILE w/new description...IT WORKED! ( I THINK!! haven't closed Excel & tried to
re-open again yet!! .....will try in a sec...
....in interim....do you have any idea why/what caused this in the first place?? So
strange that only 2 files were affected by whatever!!...THANKS AGAIN.
*************re above... I accessed the Excel file I wanted from "all files" in Word, THEN opened in "read only", THEN copied & pasted into new EXCEL file....THAT's what worked for 1 file.......HOWEVER......
SAME PROCESS did NOT work for the other file...with it, a box came up
re "convert from" with various choices, none of which worked, including
"recover text from any file". ANY SUGGESTIONS?
*******THANKS AGAIN. ***

NOTE: when closed Excel & re-opened, had no problem opening the now
newly titled file which I copied from "read only" in Word.
 
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