Solution To Fix Excel ” File Is Not In A Recognizable Format”

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asked Apr 20, 2017 in MS Excel Issues by John

Regularly I am getting the same error message on my excel worksheet “This file is not in a recognizable format” each time when I tries to open files in Excel. I want some instant solution to fix this as quick as possible as I have annoyed too much with this.

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answered Apr 20, 2017 by alva (640 points)

Try opening the excel worksheet in safe mode and check if the issue re-occurs.

Click on start> all programs >accessories>run>copy and paste the following command in the open box and press Enter.

Excel /safe

If Excel safe works as expected, disable the add-ins:

  1. a) Click on File menu, click Options > Add-ins > Go button besides Manage: Com-Add-in.
  2. b) Check if there are add-ins listed, clear the checkbox to disable them.
  3. c) Close the Office program and restart it.
  4. d) Disable all the add-in, restart excel and repeat the above procedure if the issue is still there.

Try these solution, it is really very helpful. As it help you to find which add-in is causing the problem actually.

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