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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341 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!!!

  5. K says:

    Thank you! Was having this issue for a while. Resorted to opening files in Google Sheets then copying into Excel. Wasn't great. Your solution works a treat :)

  6. Camilius Amevorku says:

    This worked for me perfectly and save tons of my time and frustration. Thanks!

  7. julien says:

    did not work ..

  8. Erin Jacob says:

    Thank you! This has been driving me nuts for the past week :)

  9. Jhon says:

    Perfect, Thank you

  10. RONEN says:

    Thanks so much worked just great this got me nuts for almost a year, also it always happen to me if the file was coming from Italy then it wont open now we all good to go thanks so much again .

  11. MAATE JOTHAM says:

    Thanks for that insight it has worked well for me, thanks

  12. Tam says:

    Thank you very much it helped me too

  13. VG says:

    Thank you so much for this tip. Saved me from agony.

  14. Victor says:

    Appreciated, it really works.

  15. subhasa MP says:

    its working..thanks lot

  16. Denise says:

    Worked PERFECTLY! Thanks a million!!!

  17. reri13 says:

    thank you!

  18. Eve says:

    Thank you so much!

  19. Preetha says:

    Thanks... This helped me a lot

  20. Sajeer says:

    thank you so much! it is working now.

  21. Abhinav Kumar says:

    Thanks alot! I use excel alot and have a lot of docs which are needed to be downloaded every day. I was quite worried about this when it showed up but now thankfully the problem is resolved.
    Cheers Buddy!

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  25. J.Darwar Geterminah says:

    Thanks very much sir..
    you just save my long distance job, by remote access...

  26. Helen says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! You're a lifesaver...

  27. Denham says:

    This just worked for me too! Thanks so much!

  28. Gaurav Malhotra says:

    That you so much!!!! it worked :)

  29. Lissy Wei says:

    Unfortunately, this solution is not working for me, I had already all these boxes unchecked and I still receive the message that my files are corrupted and this happens so often, that I always need to create several copies every time when I save an Excel file. I'm using Windows 10 and Office 365 the most recent version.

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