Get rid of "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened" in Excel 2010

Quick tip: learn how to access a corrupt xls. file in Excel 2010

Usually when upgrading you expect nothing but improvements. So it can be really disappointing when after moving to Excel 2010 you have no chance to access your .xls file created in the application version 2003 and earlier. You understand what I'm talking about if you ever encountered "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened" error in Excel 2010. Still think you can't open it? Actually you can!

The file is corrupt and cannot be opened in Excel 2010

Try the following to see how your precious .xls data appear in MS Excel

  1. Open the application.
  2. Click on File -> Options.
  3. Select Trust Center and press the Trust center settings button.Excel: Trust center settings
  4. Pick Protected view.
    Trust center - Protected view
  5. Uncheck all the options under Protected View and confirm by pressing OK.
  6. Restart Excel and try to open the broken Excel documents.
Note. For safety reasons, you should save your document with new Office format like .xlsx. You can do it this way: File > Options -> Trust Center -> Trust Center settings -> Protected View.
Check all the options again under Protected View, click OK and restart Excel.

This will set the security options back. Sure, you don't want to open any file unsafely.

That's it. Hope it will work for you and your documents :).

Thanks and see you!

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316 Responses to "Get rid of "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened" in Excel 2010"

  1. Raj says:

    thanx it helped

  2. Edwin Lawrence Lowery says:

    Thank you very much. It worked perfectly.

  3. robert says:

    didn't work on server 2012r2 office 2010

  4. Michele Singer says:

    THANK YOU, so much! I had a spreadsheet logging 20 years' worth of irreplaceable data that suddenly gave me this error message - following your steps fixed it perfectly! THANK YOU!!!

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