Seeing gibberish in Excel 2002

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I open this excel file and can read numerals, but text is gibberish? I have Win XP w/OfficeXP. However my co-worker can read it no problem with Win98 w/Office97? How do I correct this?
 
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What flavor of gibberish?

Have you gone to a cell full of gibber and changed the font and seen if you can read it then?

See if that changes it. Let us know.

- Castleheart :)
 

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Yes, I attempted to highlight a cell and change the font. No dice. When I open, the error message "file error: data may have been lost" shows. Click ok....opens with random characters and symbols in place of text? I opened w/Office97, saved, and chose yes to update. Can see text, but now random pieces of cells are being merged with others?
 

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It was saved in Excel 97. I am thinking the original version must be 95? Is it not compatible with XP?
 
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From what I recall... doesn't Office XP have some sort of legacy conversion? I think it was supposed to ask when you first open it. I am pretty sure there should be an option for it.
 
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