Corrupt Excel files can be the cause of a great deal of grief as they usually are preventing users from accessing important data in Excel. A corrupt Excel file is not the end of the world though as there are many different ways to try to fix this issue. The ways to try to fix a corrupt Excel file are listed below.
1. The first thing to try is to run a full registry scan as many times corruption, or attempts to open files, will be resolved by cleaning out the registry. This is because many, and not only corrupt Excel files, will encounter issues at the very basic level of the computers interactions which is in the registry.
2. Try to delete the files within your temp file on the system as sometimes there are issues caused by keeping old variations of the files.
3. Try to close Excel and then re-open the program and try to open the corrupt file. Sometimes the issues encountered are only one time mistakes caused by Excel itself and not the file that appears to be corrupt.
4. Try to restart the computer. This is similar to the third way to try to fix it as sometimes it is not the actual file that is corrupt by an issue within the system that can be fixed by restarting the machine.
5. Try to run a full scan of the file itself as sometimes if there is corruption with an Excel file it could be related to a viral infection attached to the file. If this is the case try to locate another version of the now corrupted file.
6. Try to open the file in another version of Excel as sometimes there are specific features or coding in one version of Excel that cannot be read in other versions of Excel.
Corrupt Excel files can seem like the end of the world but do not fear. Even if the file cannot be opened it may be possible to recover a different version of the file prior to the latest version and open that file.