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How to Recover Corrupted Excel 2016 Files?

Yatendra Singh
Yatendra Singh Updated On - 29 Jul 2020

Office application programs serve to different user groups which include students, individuals, small businesses, corporates, organizations, and others. Irrespective of the user-group you belong, task efficiency and saving money is essential for all.

Microsoft Office suite applications cater the user with many benefits to enhance productivity and allow them to be as creative as possible. Even though Office applications enrich the user-experience continuously with every version update, they fail to address the issue of file corruption or damage.

Thus, if you’re unable to open MS Excel 2016 & other versions of workbook then, it probably is a sign that the Excel file has got corrupt or become damaged.

There can be multiple reasons that can state why it happens which are as follows: malware attacks, Excel file crashes, sudden system crashes which results in damaging the file, outdated Excel application, etc.

Giving a try to manual methods is the very first option users like students & individuals choose, but those users who can’t lose a minute from the clock seek for a solution that can provide them with a faster resolution.

For issues regarding MS Excel file corruption and damage, we’d suggest using Kernel for Excel, world’s first Excel 2019 repair tool to pace up the whole process of repair & recovery. And before we jump straight on discussing more regarding this, let’s discuss the rest of the options the user can try to cut the problem from the root.

Manual Methods You Can Try to Repair Corrupt Excel File 2016

  • Try Reopening the Excel File

    You can try your luck and keep on opening the corrupt Excel file again-and-again until the error messages fall off-screen. And if doing so doesn’t come handy, try restarting the system and try to open the file now.

    Additionally, navigate to the following directory: C:\windows\temp or type %temp% in Run and press Enter. Delete everything from the folder and try to open the file again.

  • Open Excel File with HTML

    Usually, a corrupt file won’t open straight, but you can try putting your luck together a couple of times.
    If the corrupt or damaged Excel file opens somehow, save the file as a web page and make sure to change the location from the original and select full spreadsheet before doing so.

    Pro Tip: In case if dealing with Excel spreadsheets is like a daily do for you, then will recommend saving a backup copy either in XLS/XLSX format or as a web page.

  • Try Repairing the Excel File Manually

    Try to repair Excel file or extract the data from the workbook using Microsoft Excel itself. Although, Microsoft tools are quite weak to handle such file corruption or damage issues, again you can try your luck.

    Open Microsoft Excel 2016 and select Open Other Workbooks option, after that move to the Open button with drop-down, click and select Open & Repair option and proceed, this utility offers two distinct options two choose from Repair or Extract.

    If the Repair option fails in fixing the Excel workbook, select the Extract option. It’ll try to extract all the cell data from corrupt or damaged Excel file, though, this method fails if the Excel workbook is badly damaged or corrupted.

  • Open Corrupt Excel File as XML

    You can try saving the Excel file as XML for which you would have to open it, similar as above. Try opening the file and once it’s open, save the file as XML by selecting the format from the drop-down list. After the file is saved as XML, open the file and then save it as an Excel workbook again.

    Note: Make sure to select the file save location different from the original one.

    Using the above manual approaches, you can try your luck in getting rid of the irritating Excel catastrophe, but if you’re wondering about matters such as how to fix Microsoft Excel is not responding error in Excel 2016, how to recover corrupt Excel 2010, and more, going for an advanced tool to repair Excel file would be the right choice.

Kernel for Excel Repair Advanced Tool to Repair Corrupt Excel Files

  1. Open Kernel for Excel Repair software
  2. Open Excel repair tool

  3. Click Browse to select corrupt Excel 2016 file and click Repair.
  4. select corrupt Excel file

  5. Wait for the tool to complete the file scan.
  6. file scanning
    Note: In case, if you’ve selected a wrong Excel file, click on the Stop button to halt the process and start the process again by selecting the right file.

  7. Upon the scan completion, tool’s UI will refresh. Before proceeding to the next step, check the file data then click on Save.
  8. check the file data and save

  9. Click Select Path to select a file save location and click Save.
  10. Select file save location

  11. Wait for file recovery to complete successfully,
  12. File recovery process

  13. Done. Navigate to the file save location either manually or click on the links provided within the tool’s user-interface.
  14. Process completed


Will manual methods prove to be any help or not depends on the ferocity of Excel file corruption or damage and little on your luck. But for a fast resolution to all problems of Excel, Kernel for Excel Repair is there to help.

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