Unable to open Excel files

  Young Ranger 23:04 02 Aug 2008

I work partly from home but regularly transfer files to my home PC from several work PCs all using the same version of Excel. I have been doing this for a number of years without problem but I recently found that files from one of the work PCs which previously opened OK won't open on the home PC and I get the message "This file is not in a recognisable format". (They have been saved in the original Excel workbook format.)

I get the same result if the file is transferred via email or USB flash drive. I thought it might be because my home PC uses Vista but I have tried them on a couple of other XP machines with the same result.

Any ideas please.

  Giant68 09:45 03 Aug 2008

What is the file extension? .xls or maybe .sxls?


  Young Ranger 10:57 03 Aug 2008


  lotvic 21:39 03 Aug 2008

Will it open using Microsofts (free) Excel Viewer? Details for free download click here

Another suggestion, maybe the pc that is creating them needs Excel repairing.

Excel > Help > Detect and Repair

  Young Ranger 22:42 03 Aug 2008

I have already tried the Excel viewer with the same result. I'll try repairing Excel on the work PC though that will be in a few days time.

  Young Ranger 16:59 09 Jan 2009

Reviving this thread as it is still causing me a problem.I have tried repairing Excel on both machines but it is no different.

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