Error Message #9

Hello !

I am receiving an error message, "File format is not 
valid" when trying to open an excel file located on the 
network.  This file was created to reserve equipment 
and/or boardrooms within the organization.  What must I do 
to correct this problem?
10/23/2003 6:28:42 PM
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Hmmm... does the message say anything else?  what version of Excel are
you using?  can other users in your company open that file?


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10/23/2003 7:22:50 PM
Sometimes excel workbooks get corrupted.  

One cause is opening them from a floppy and saving to that floppy.  (Instead you
should use windows explorer to copy to your harddrive/LAN drive), work on it
from there, save it there and use windows explorer to copy it back to the
floppy.)  <<this doesn't sound like a fit for your situation.>>

Another is opening the workbook in MSWord and saving it as an MSWord document
(with a .xls extension).

If someone did the MSWord thing, you maybe able to recover a little bit of your
data by opening it in MSWord and copying and then pasting to excel.  (But tons
of stuff will be lost.)

And sometimes the workbooks just get corrupted.

You might be able to recover more by using another program--both xl2002 and
OpenOffice have better reputations for opening files that earlier versions of
excel couldn't.

(, a 60-65 meg download or a CD)

If the file is really important, there are commercial recovery services.  I've
never used it, but you might want to check into:

Do you have a backup?  Any chance you emailed a version to someone who could
email it back?

and one last ditch effort:
Start excel in safe mode and try opening your file.

Windows start button|Run
excel /safe

now file|open to see if your workbook will open.

"" wrote:
> Hello !
> I am receiving an error message, "File format is not
> valid" when trying to open an excel file located on the
> network.  This file was created to reserve equipment
> and/or boardrooms within the organization.  What must I do
> to correct this problem?


Dave Peterson
ec35720 (10082)
10/24/2003 12:31:36 AM

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