"File error : data may be lost".

I have sent a friend a spreadsheet via e-mail but the error:- "File error : data may be lost". appears. What is it and what can we do please? Thanks.

  sean-278262 19:27 08 Mar 2007

Does the file open on your computer still. If so just resend the file. Easier than fighting to find a solution.

Office 2003 has a repair option which is worth a look. Go to the open option if I remember correctly and you can then choose to sort it if it can be. However most likely made easier to resend it. Alternatively try putting the file in a zip or rar file using the likes of click here or click here. The former being recognised and openable on any windows XP machine.


I think my friend has office 2007. Could that be the problem. And I have sent several times to no avail.

  sean-278262 19:40 08 Mar 2007

office 2007 should have no problems. As I said try resending it and if that fails use a zip or rar file.

And as I said I have sent several times now zipped and unzipped.

  VoG II 19:45 08 Mar 2007

Does the spreadsheet actually open?

Not on his. It does on mine however.

  VoG II 19:50 08 Mar 2007

If you want to try sending it to me I can take a look. I have Excel 2003 however.

Let me know if you want me to 'yellow envelope' you.

Which version of Excel do you have?

  sean-278262 19:53 08 Mar 2007

[email protected] - what format is it saved in. File > save as and set it to office 2003 xls file or whatever it says.

Astec123 your suggestion seemed to work. Although somehow it doubled the size of the file!!??

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