Excel File Corrupted: How to Repair

Many people have reported an issue that their Excel files are corrupted. Some see an error message occur, but many just can’t open the files.

If you’re also experiencing this issue, you’re no doubt very frustrated. But don’t worry. The following are a few tips that have helped many people repair their excel files.

Try these repair tips

You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Repair your files with Excel
  2. Repair your files with a third-party repair tool

1. Repair your files with Excel

The first repair option you should try is Excel itself. To repair your files with Excel:

  1. Open the Excel program.
  2. Click Open Other Workbooks or File.

  3. Click Open, then click Browse.

  4. Select your corrupted Excel file, then click the arrow next to Open and select Open and Repair.

  5. Click the Repair button (to ask Excel to save as much as possible from your corrupted file).

  6. If this can’t repair your file, do step 1 to 4 again, and click the Extract Data button to extract your data from the corrupted excel file.
    Then select Convert to Values if you’re OK with converting all your formulas or calculations to its values or results. Or select Recover Formulas if you want to keep your formulas.

Hopefully, this has repaired your Excel file. But if not, you may need to…

2. Repair your files with a third-party repair tool

If Excel can’t repair your files, you should try a third-party program. We recommend you use Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair. It’s a powerful recovery tool that can help you repair or recover your corrupted Excel file easily.

To repair your Excel file with Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair:

  1. Download and Install Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair.
  2. Run the program, then click Add File.

  3. Click Select File.

  4. Select your corrupted Excel file, then click Open.

  5. Click the Scan button. A preview of your corrupted file will appear.

  6. Click the Save button to start the repair and save your repaired file. (You’re required to register the software before you can repair the file — you’ll be prompted to register if you click the Save button).

Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped you repair your corrupted Excel file. If you have any questions or suggestions, you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment below.

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