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"Unable to read file" when attempting to open .xls

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by AppSupport, Dec 11, 2006.

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  1. AppSupport

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    When I try to open a particular excel file, I get the message "Unable to read file"
    I am able to open any other .xls that I try to, but not this one.

    using Excel 2003 Office Professional Edition

    note - there is not a 'recovered doc' to work with. When I saved and closed it last, there was not any apparent problem.
    I have tried 'open and recover'
    I have tried saving as a new file
    I have tried changing the name
    I have tried emailing to someone else to open, but Outlook will not let me send it

    Any help is greatly appreciated

    thanks in advance
    AppSupport
     
  2. WyldStallyyn

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    It sounds like it might be corrupt. Can you post the file here so that we can try it on our computers?
     
  3. AppSupport

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    thanks I will try that now
     
  4. Zack Barresse

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    I would recommend a professional data recovery software. They are generally well worth the investment.
     
  5. renegade X

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    Open Excel, click Help-About MS Excel-then click "Disabled Items". Is there anything in there?
     
  6. AppSupport

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    when I go to Help-About MS Excel-then click "Disabled Items". Is there anything in there? - I see "there are no disabled items"
     
  7. AppSupport

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    someone here suggested to do a scan disk - will that help?
     
  8. WyldStallyyn

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    Probably not. Are you able to post the file here? One question I didn't ask which might be pertinent - was the file originally sent by email? Sometimes, if you open an attachment before saving it, it will get corrupted.
     
  9. Zack Barresse

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    I still recommend not skirting around the issue and buying the commercial software needed to perform this task. It will be a headache and time saver.
     
  10. WyldStallyyn

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    You might be right, firefytr, but some people can't afford to buy a lot of software and I have some experience fixing Excel files so I thought I would take a shot at it if AppSupport wanted me to.
     
  11. Zack Barresse

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    Of course, yes. :)
     
  12. WyldStallyyn

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    You're right, too, though - if they're going to be working with Excel files a lot, they might be better off going ahead and buying the software themselves.
     
  13. AppSupport

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    I can't upload the file from work. I tried a couple of time yesterday, then asked some of our basis people and was informed I would not be able to

    I will have to copy it to a jump drive and try to send it from home
     
  14. WyldStallyyn

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    App,

    Were you ever able to open that file?
     
  15. WebKing27

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    Oh really! I did not aware of this fact. I have always opened the files in attachment and they never get corrupted. Interesting.
     
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