Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Recovering Data from a Corrupted Workbook That Cannot Be Opened

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To recover data from a corrupted workbook:

1. Add a new workbook, and save it using the name of the corrupted workbook, but in a different folder than the original (in the screenshot, the workbook name is Financial Statements.xls).
2. Change the new sheet names to those in the corrupted workbook (try to remember all of them), and then save the workbook.
3. Add a new workbook. In cell A1 of the first sheet, insert a linked formula to cell A1 in the newly created workbook (steps 1 and 2).
4. Copy the formula to all cells covering the data area (as you remember it to be) in the first sheet of the corrupted workbook.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all sheets, and then save and close the new workbook.
6. Change the linked source address. From the Edit menu, select Edit Links, and then click Change Source.
7. Locate the corrupted workbook, select it and then close the Edit Links dialog box.
8. Check the result. If the data appears in the new workbook, copy all cells in each sheet and paste them back as values.