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Excel 2007 - Unreadable content when opening files

Hi guys,


I have a user on the netwerk running windows 7 and Excel 2007.

On a lot of files he tries to open from a network location he receives an error 'unreadable content'. He is requested to repair the file; if he does so he looses some layout details etc...

This happens not always... Somethimes he can open the same file without problems by retrying.

The user claims the problem also occurs on files witch he has created himself.


Office and Win7 are up-to-date. Problem remains...



1 answer

Apply guide below or you may choose another methods like those that solution created for complicated excel issues or helpful threads about MS Excel troubles


  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Open.
  2. In the Open dialog box, select the corrupted workbook that you want to open.
  3. Click the arrow next to the Open button, and then click Open and Repair.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To recover as much of the workbook data as possible, click Repair.
    • To extract values and formulas from the workbook when an attempt to repair the workbook is not successful, click Extract Data.

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