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MICROSOFT EXCEL--repair "corrupt" file

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#1 RogerPar

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 05:20 AM

I have this unusual situation and I hope that you can help.  I have some Excel files (.xls) which I would like to view.  However, I have a problem in opening them.  
When I open the file with a Wordpad-type program (TextPad), it opens, showing a dump of data.  When I try to open the file using Excel, it gives me a "datafile.xls could not be found" error, even though the file is OBVIOUSLY right there.  I attempted to open the file from Excel and do an OPEN AND REPAIR option, but it gave me the same error.  Windows explorer shows me that the file is there.

Any suggestions??

thanks



#2 WingedPanther73

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 04:37 AM

Is that the actual name of the file, or the name of some OTHER Excel file? Excel files can be linked, so that one file servers as the "viewer" for another file. The "viewer" file (which you're probably opening) needs to have the file with the actual data or it can't function. Period.


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