Recover and Repair a Corrupted Microsoft Excel File

March 31, 2018

5 different ways to Recover and Repair a Corrupted Microsoft Excel file on your Windows or Mac computer

Most of the times, you can be able to fix a corrupted file on your Windows/Mac operating software.If you are facing this issue currently, you can go through the suggested guidelines.Here, you can see five different ways to solve this specific problem.

Repairing the File

  • It is required to make sure that you're using a Windows computer.
  • Now, you need to open Excel
  • Tap the option of “Open Other Workbooks.”
  • Select the option of “Browse
  • You are required to select the “Excel file.”
  • However, you should tap "Menu" icon
  • You need to choose an option of “Open and Repair…
  • If asked, you can choose “Repair” option
  • There is need to wait for the file to open.
  • Your file will now be saved

Change the File Type on Windows

  • There is need to understand that why the file type matters.
  • Tap the option of “Start
  • You are required to open the option of “File Explorer
  • Tap the option of “View tab
  • It is required for you to check "File name extensions" box.
  • Also, there is need to select “Excel file.”
  • Select the option of “Home
  • Choose the option of “Rename
  • Now, you may change the file type.
  • When you asked or prompted, select the “Yes” button
  • Now, you should try to open the file.

Change the File Type on Mac

  • It is required for the user to understand why the file type matters.
  • You need open “Finder” it is in the form of a blue icon in your Mac's Dock.
  • Choose “Excel file” and for that, you should go to the folder in which your Excel file is located
  • Tap “Excel file” that you want to recover.
  • Select the option of File, it can be found in the menu item that is in the top-left corner of your Mac's screen.
  • Now, you need to tap “Get Info”, you may find it in the File drop-down menu.
  • There is need to expand the "Name & Extension" section if necessary.
  • When you don't see any filename or extension below this category, tap the triangle to the left of the "Name & Extension" heading to view the file's name and extension.
  • It is required to change the file type. Replace all that comes with file name ends with xlsx and then press “Return.”
  • Tap the option of “Use .xlsx” when prompted. It will help you to confirm your decision and change the file type.
  • You should now try to open a file, it can be done by double click.When the file opens in Excel and you selected HTML, a file will successfully recover.

Recover the temporary save on Windows

  • It is required for you to understand the limitations of this method.
  • You now need to open “Start”
  • Tap the Windows logo that is on the bottom-left of the screen.
  • You should enter “this pc.”, it will search your computer for "This PC" program.
  • Select “This PC”, it will be in the form of computer monitor-shaped icon which is at the top of the Start window.
  • It will open This PC window.
  • You should double click computers hard drive.It is usually the "OS (C:)" option under"Devices and drives"
  • You need to open "Users" folder, double-click your user folder and it is labeled with part or all of your username on your computer.
  • Now, you should click "AppData" folder.
  • When you don’t find a folder, tap View tab, and tick "Hidden items" box in the "Show/hide" section.
  • However, "AppData" folder will appear.
  • You need to double click "Local" folder

Recover a temporary Save on Mac

  • It is first required to understand the limitations of this method.
  • Select the option to “Go.”
  • Tap the option of “Library.”, this will appear by using “Go” drop-down menu.
  • It is required to click and open "Containers" folder.It is in the "C" section of the Library folder.
  • Click the option of search bar that is in the upper right
  • You should search Microsoft Excel folder.
  • Tap the Containers option
  • You should open "" folder.
  • Also, there is need to choose "Data" folder.
  • Tap "Library" folder and open "Preferences" folder.
  • You should open "AutoRecovery" folder.It will bring up a list of automatically saved versions of Excel files.
  • You need to search a temporary version of your Excel file.
  • Choose the Excel file
  • Tap the option of File.This will be in the form of a menu item in the upper-left corner of your Mac's screen
  • Click the option of Open With.This option is near the top of the File drop-down menu.
  • Select the option in Excel. It's in the pop-out menu.
  • You are required to Save the document. For that, you should Press ⌘ Command+S

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