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Unable to recognise Excel files.

By jczipri ·
I have a Windows 98 computer with Office 2000, and I'm unable to read Excel files created on a Win 95 platform.

I've tried reloading Excel, but to no avail!

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Unable to recognise Excel ...

Hi

I would check your file associations and make sure that XLS extensions are associated with MS-Excel.

You can do this by following the instructions in this article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306493

If this does not work, and you are still unable to open these files - do you see an error message? What happens when you double-click the file from within My Computer? Do you open Excel, then use the Open dialog to navigate to your file? Have you tried opening Excel, opening My Computer and dragging the file into Excel?

Let us know how you get on.

Good luck

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by jczipri In reply to

I've tried all your suggestions. Excel recognises the .XLS suffix for files created on the computer, but not the ones from a WIN 95, Office 97 program. It still says "unrecognisable format"

I can save the old files as .SLK, (a page at a time) which will open, but I lose all the graphs.

Any fresh ideas?

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by saihib In reply to Unable to recognise Excel ...

Were these files created in Office 95? Post a comment.

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by jczipri In reply to

The files were created with Office 97 Excel

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Unable to recognise Excel ...

Hi again

Have you tried loading Excel 97 on the XP machine? Also, have you tried posting this question in the Office 2000 section - you may get a better solution there...

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by rkuhn In reply to Unable to recognise Excel ...

Sure it was Excel and not Works?

Back in the '95 days Works was popular.

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by jczipri In reply to

"Works" was pre-loaded on the computer. Should I remove it before re-loading Excel 97?

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by rkuhn In reply to Unable to recognise Excel ...

Not necessary to uninstall Works. But, you might try changing the file extension to .cvs and trying to open it.

Also, just for fun, try opening it with the following MS Works program:

C:\program files\microsoft works\wksss.exe

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by jczipri In reply to

Excel won't open the ".cvs" re-named files.
Works (wksss.exe) will only open the tables, not the charts, one page at a time.

Thanks for all the help, I think I will give up now!

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by wlbowers In reply to Unable to recognise Excel ...

I have had to save the files as tab delimited.

Lee

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