Unable to Open Corrupted MS Excel Spreadsheets

An Excel spreadsheet corruption can be a result of various factors, like bad sectors, lost clusters, operating system crash, cross linked files, virus infection, and anti virus malfunction. Corruption mainly results in damage of .xls file structure, rendering to inaccessibility of data saved in the spreadsheet. In most of these cases, when a user attempts to open an Excel spreadsheet, s/he encounters an error message. To surmount such error messages, the user needs to restore the file from an updated backup or run Open and Repair utility. However, if both the measures fail to resolve the error message, then the user needs to opt for a commercial third-party Excel File Repair application.

The above problem can be elaborated using the below error message, which pops up when you try to open an Excel spreadsheet:

“Cannot find the file path (or one of its components). Make sure the path and file name are correct and that all required libraries are available. ”

After the above error message pops up, MS Excel starts but is unable to open the workbook that you double-clicked. The data saved in the Workbook becomes inaccessible after the above error message appears.

The above error message appears when spreadsheet is corrupted.

In case the spreadsheet opens blank after the above error message, then you need to:
  • Use 'Revert to Saved Document' option to recover the original spreadsheet.
  • Store the corrupted spreadsheet in SYLK format.
  • Store the damaged spreadsheet in HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) format.
However, if the spreadsheet can not be opened in MS Excel, then you will need to:
  • Try to open the spreadsheet in MS Word, MS Excel Viewer or Word Pad.
  • Use macros to extract data from a spreadsheet.
  • Link the corrupted Excel spreadsheet using external references.
However, if all the above resolutions fail to resolve your issue, then you will need to opt for an effective Excel File Repair application. An Excel Repair tool uses effective repair techniques to repair all logically corrupted spreadsheets.

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