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Solved: Excel 2003 - error message when opening file

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by cpcarter, Apr 18, 2011.

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  1. cpcarter

    cpcarter Thread Starter

    Nov 27, 2008
    When I attempt to open an Excel file using Excel 2003, the following error message occurs:

    "this file is not in a recognizable format" etc...

    Why does this occur, and how can I open the file successfully?
  2. curtiende


    Apr 18, 2011
    Check the file extension. Am sure it has an extension ".xlsx" which means that the file was created using microsoft office 2007 excel or higher. This is why your computer does not recognize the extension of the file. the 2003 version of excel can only open files with the extension ".xls". The solution to this is to get microsoft office 2007 or higher version and install it or got the following link and download Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack and install it. it will enable you to open the file without having to install the office 2007 which may not be fit for your machine specifications.
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