Reasons due to which Microsoft® Excel files are unable to open and ways to resolve this issue
What prevents Microsoft Excel files from opening? What can be done to solve this problem?
Microsoft Excel files can easily get damaged or corrupt due to several reasons. One of the reasons for Microsoft Excel files getting corrupt is interruption of the file. Interruption means power failure, software crashes and switching off the computer improperly. If Microsoft Excel files are stored in a bad sector on the hard drive or documents are loaded from a floppy disk, this will prevent Microsoft Excel files from opening. If you try to open an Microsoft Excel file which is created in an earlier version, it will not open. You will get the error message "Unable to open Microsoft Excel files". If the documents fail to open in a networked environment, it is due to file sharing problem or permission problems.
Here are the different ways to solve the issue of a Microsoft Excel document being unable to open in Windows Explorer:
- Check file extension
- Check version and network permission
- Using software
Check file extension
In order to solve the Microsoft Excel files not opening problem, you need to check the file extension of the document. If the file extension is incorrect, it will cause problems with the Microsoft Excel file. In order to solve these issues you need to save the document in .xls file extension. XLS is the default file extension for Microsoft Excel document.
Check the version and network permission
You need to have permission for opening an Microsoft Excel file on a network. If there is an attempt of accessing the same file at the same time, then to solve this, close the document before trying to access another. In addition, you need to check the versions.
In order to repair a Microsoft Excel file, you need to use Recovery Toolbox for Excel, which is a software for repairing Microsoft Excel documents. It has the capability to read Microsoft Excel files which are unable to open. It offers great performance, it is easy to install, and you can easily use this software. This tool is applicable for any files with the format .xls, .xltx,.xlsm, .xlt, .xlsx, .xltm and .xlam.
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