Repair Corrupt Excel File

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I have an excel 2003 workbook that will not open. The file is huge. I have tried the repair utility within Excel but it still will not open.

Has anyone ideas?

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How to Restore a Lost Excel Spreadsheet

Damaged File

1. Log on to your computer and open Microsoft Excel. Click on the "File" menu.

2. Choose "Open" from the list. Browse to the damaged file and highlight it.

3. Click on the small drop-down arrow at the right side of the "Open" button. Choose the "Open and Repair" option. Choose "Repair" to have Excel attempt to recover the damaged file. Choose "Extract data" to extract the information in the spreadsheet to another file.

4. Save the recovered spreadsheet to your hard drive or network share. Save a backup copy of the spreadsheet as well.

Lost File

5. Search your hard drive for the file. It is not uncommon to save an Excel spreadsheet to the wrong location by mistake. Click on the "Start" menu and choose "Search" from the list.

6. Choose the "All files and folders" option and type ".xls" in the search box. This will find all Excel spreadsheets on your computer, whether they were created in Excel 2007 or an earlier version. Click "OK" to start the search.