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    Dear MS excel users, I am facing an issue with my excel program, which is restricting me from entirely using the program. I use this application for most of my work and have created many worksheets filled with valuable company information that I need to evaluate from time to time. But since last day, I am not being able to open a single excel worksheet. Whenever I try to open a file, it shows a message, “The file is corrupt and cannot be open”.

    This problem is giving me a hard time and I have tried many solutions including reinstalling the complete MS Office program, only to be encountered again with the same irritating message. Hence, I humbly ask for an effective solution to problem to get rid of this issue and recover those corrupted files as it involves valuable company data.

    arbind gaba
    SLA Consultants India

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    Admin Alumnus Pecoflyer's Avatar
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    Seeing your different posts on different forums you seem to have many problems of different sorts with Excel. My guess is that you are consulted by your clients to solve their problems, and you post on different forums your clients' problems/questions you are unable to solve.

    You are also clever enough not to cross-post to not draw attention on your doings.

    If this is the case, and I'm about sure of it , you are making money thanks to the help of people helping for FREE on their spare time, which is not acceptable, unless, of course, you are ready to donate generously to people maintaining these frees forums (which I am not)?
    Thank you Ken for this secure forum.

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    When an Excel file is corrupted, then you can try several methods to recover it:

    1. First of all, you can try to repair the file manually in Excel, as follows:

    (1) On the File menu, click Open.
    (2) In the Open dialog box, select the file you want to open, and click the arrow next to the Open button.
    (3) Click Open and Repair, and then choose which method you want to use to recover your workbook.

    You may find more information about this at: (for Excel 2003) (for Excel 2007) (for Excel 2010) (for Excel 2013)

    2. If method 1 fails, there are still several methods to recover your Excel file manually with Excel, including writing a small VBA macro, as below

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    Excel file not opening, showing message,”The file is corrupt and cannot be open”

    This issue is common in Excel or word. To fix this issue just need to uninstall the office suite . To uninstall office suite go to Control panel -click add and remove programs-select Office suite and click on uninstall.
    Then open a new browser and visit and log in here . Once you open the Office account page you will get install option for Office suite .
    Click on install and select download option. Once the downloading is complete then run the downloaded file to install Office suite.
    Once the installation is complete -then open word - click a new page-select left side account opting in file settings and activate it with your Office suite email id.

    Other wise you may contact to fix this issue. Here you will get same step - step in detail. This will help you to fix the issue yourself.

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    Neophyte ZorroOP's Avatar
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    Here are a few possible solutions that you can try to fix the ‘Excel file is corrupt and cannot be opened’ issue and open your Excel file.

    Solution 1: You can change the Component Services Settings

    Step 1: Press ‘Win+R’ and type ‘dcomcnfg’ and hit ‘Enter’.
    Step 2: Expand the ‘Component Services’, and then expand the ‘Computers’ tab.
    Step 3:Then, right-click on ‘My Computer’, and select ‘Properties’.
    Step 4: Click on ‘Default Properties’ tab and then set the following values:
    Default Authentication Level: Connect
    Default Impersonation Level: Identify
    Step 5: Click ‘OK’.

    Solution 2: You can change the Protected View Settings

    Step 1: Open MS Excel, go to the ‘File’ menu and tap ‘Options’.
    Step 2: Then, click on ‘Trust Center’ and click on ‘Trust Center Settings’.
    Step 3: Choose ‘Protected View’ and uncheck all the options including ‘Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments’ if you use Outlook for email.
    Step 4: Click ‘OK’. Restart the application and try opening the Excel file again.

    Solution 3: You can make the use of third party tools which are solely made to counter the probability of corruption. You can check out this link to learn more about this solution which talks about the causes and how to use these tools to recover the corrupted data.

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