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MS Office 2013 - Open and Repair a corrupted workbook

The purpose of this article is to instruct users on how to repair a corrupt workbook.


When Microsoft Excel detects a corrupted workbook upon opening, it automatically starts File Recovery mode and attempts to repair the workbook. If File Recovery mode doesn’t start, try using this manual process to recover your workbook:
  1. Click File > Open.
  2. Click the location and folder that contains the corrupted workbook.
  3. In the Open dialog box, select the corrupted workbook.
  4. Click the arrow next to the Open button, and then click Open and Repair.
  5. To recover as much of the workbook data as possible, pick Repair.

From the Open drop down menu, select Open and Repair

If Repair isn’t able to recover your data, pick Extract Data to extract values and formulas from the workbook.

If neither automatic nor manual repair works, there are some recovery methods that might help salvage your data. You can also take some preventive measures to avoid losing your work by automatically saving a backup copy of your workbook or creating a recovery file from time to time.




Keywords:office excel 2013 open and repair corrupted document fix   Doc ID:45616
Owner:Cindy S.Group:UW Parkside
Created:2014-12-12 14:41 CDTUpdated:2017-03-27 14:46 CDT
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