How To Open Corrupt Excel XLS And XLSX Files

Yatendra Singh Yatendra Singh Published On - 18 Mar 2019

The issue of file corruption can appear anytime suddenly over the computer screen, and it can happen with any file or document stored on the PC.

And the same applies to Microsoft Office files & documents and understanding why the file got corrupt or bad can be frustrating, as it requires investing precious time and energy.

Corruption issues of Microsoft Excel XLS and XLSX files are no exception. Excel is one outstanding piece out of the whole Office Suite, and it serves not only personal users but also corporates and businesses to store and manage data.

But it becomes not less than a mess when one encounters sudden error or issue of Excel workbook corruption or damage.

For businesses, the Excel sheet carry information/details about customers whereas, for normal users also, it carries data of personal importance. So, irrespective to which type of user category you belong, the information stored inside the Microsoft Excel files is always crucial.

Thus, scenes of Microsoft Excel XLS and XLSX file corruption leave users of all categories empty handed with all the Excel file data at high risk of loss.

In this article, we’ll guide you through methods on how to open corrupt Excel XLS and XLSX files to help eliminate the issue of corruption and regain access to important data.

Repair Corrupt XLS And XLSX File(s) With Microsoft Excel 2016

Even though the whole Office suite is popular, each application from the pack lacks a solid approach to address the question of the file/document corruption/damage. Though this point stands strong, we can try Microsoft Excel itself to get rid of the corruption problem from an Excel file.

Follow the below steps to try to fix the corruption issue using Microsoft Excels’ built-in feature:

  1. Open Microsoft Excel 2016.
  2. Click on Open Other Workbooks – at the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Open Workbooks

  4. Click Browse to select the corrupt Excel XLS or XLSX file.
  5. Browse to select the corrupt Excel file

  6. The File Open window will pop on-screen now; select the corrupt Excel file, click on the drop-down button – Open, and select Open and Repair.
  7.  select the corrupt Excel file, Open and Repair

  8. To start the Excel repair, click on the Repair button and wait until completion.
    start the Excel repair

    Note: This built-in capability of Microsoft Excel enables the application to try to fix the errors and problems up to a certain extent. In case it did not help, try extracting the workbook data by clicking on the Extract Data button.

It’s not definite whether Microsoft Excel will sort the issue of XLS and XLSX file corruption/damage, as it depends on how badly the file is corrupt and how intense the damage to file is.

In scenarios like above and similar, we’d suggest using world’s first Excel 2019 repair tool, Kernel for Excel Repair, one of the best and effective third-party software, or say the solution, to address issues of Excel file corruption/damage.

Excel Repair Tool - Home Screen

Kernel for Excel Repair provides support for all active versions of Microsoft Windows operating system and enables you to deal with queries like how to repair corrupt Excel 2013 file, how to recover corrupt Excel 2010, how to repair corrupt Excel 2019 workbook, etc.

Given below are the steps to help and guide you on how to open corrupt Excel XLS and XLSX files. It’s a simple process composed of two stages, repair and recovery:

Kernel for Excel Repair

  1. Open Kernel for Excel Repair.
  2. Browse and select the corrupt Excel file and click Repair.
  3. Repair corrupt Excel using Excel Repair Tool

    Note: Upon clicking on the Repair button, the tool will start the file scan followed by file repair; thus, the total time taken will depend on the Excel file size.

  4. Wait for the scan and repair process to complete.
  5. scan and repair process to complete
    Note: To select a different Excel file or halt the process click on the Stop button.

  6. Tool’s UI will refresh and display full Excel file data.
    Check Excel file data before proceeding to the next step and click Save.
  7. before proceeding to the next step and click Save

  8. Select a file saving path by clicking on Select Path button and click Save.
  9. Select a file saving path

  10. Wait for the process to complete.
  11. Wait for the process to complete

  12. Done; navigate manually to the selected path or click on the link given – as shown below.
  13. Excel file repaired successfully.

Wrap

Antivirus software installed on the system, use of fast hardware for faster file transfer, active firewall, power backup, and more are suggestions that can help to avoid Excel file(s)/document(s) from getting corrupt or damaged. But if Excel files get corrupted even after that, Kernel for Excel Repair is the most suitable solution to overcome inaccessible and corrupt Excel file issues.