[Help] Trouble opening excel file.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MattReid3275, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. MattReid3275 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    I have a new macbook that I purchased at the beginning of january. All of my software is up to date and all that good stuff. Well i initially installed the trial version of Microsoft office 2011, the trial ran out yesterday, rather than dropping the money to purchase 2011, which i didn't like very much, a friend of mine let me install their Microsoft office 2008 for Mac. Anyways I created several documents, word and excel documents with office 2011, well I can open all of them except one excel document, the message it gives me is "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened." then the 2nd message says, "the file might have been damaged or modified from its original format." I believe the format of this file is .XLSX, though i have another in that format that it allows me to open and edit like normal. Any suggestions?
  2. MattReid3275 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    BTW I'm running the latest version of OS X lion, I'm not using windows for my operating system, nor do i have it installed, just the office applications
  3. techguy20 macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2010
    Theoretically, that should open fine like the other files. Perhaps it actually is corrupt.

    Do you have a backup copy of the file that you can try opening? Another test may be to try uploading the "corrupt" file to Google Docs to see if it opens there.
  4. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    You could try opening the file in Numbers if you have it, as that can read .xlsx files. I think there was a bug with Excel 2008 for Mac SP2 that could not read .xlsx files created in the Windows version of Excel, but presumably these were all created with Excel 2011, so I guess that does not apply.

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