Excel 2003 docs now won’t open in Excel 2007

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Excel 2007
Legacy applications
Microsoft Excel 2003
Microsoft Excel import/export
I created som docs using Excel 2003. New computer has Excel 2007 installed and now when I open the docs they are unreadable. Any help would be appreciated.

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How to solve
some troubles with excel files you may learn from- http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/microsoft/microsoft-aa/excel/481-%E2%80%8Bexcel-files-corrupted

How to Recover
an Excel File for Free

the Recycle Bin–if you’ve accidentally deleted the file, it should still be
there unless you’ve emptied the bin, and you can click on the file and recover

the Auto Recovery Pane when you open Excel. Review the document recovery pane.
If Excel has managed to recover your file, it will show in a separate pane on
the left-hand side. Identify your document in the pane, then click on it and
choose “Open” to open the recovered file.

manually repairing the file. Click on “File” in Excel 2003 or the
“Office” button in

Excel 2007, then
select “Open” and click on the arrow next to the “Open”
button. Click on

“Open and
Repair” and choose from two options: click on “Repair” if you
want to try to completely recover the file, or click on “Extract
Data” if you previously tried Step 1 and it did not work.

for the file manually on your computer. When performing a system search (click
“Start” and select “Search” in Windows XP and Windows 2000,
or press the “Windows” button and “F” key in Windows 7 and
Vista), make sure you choose “Advanced Search Options” and then check
the “System and hidden files” check box. You may be able to find your
missing or corrupted file using this search: double-click on the file name in
the search results to open it.

If nothing can
help you, look at Excel Repair Toolbox

As a solution,
it costs money, but effective- http://www.excelrepairtoolbox.com/

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  • carlosdl
    The files might be corrupt, since excel 2007 should be able to open all documents created with excel 2003.
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  • SbElectric
    Excel 2007 is downward compatible. The original Excel 2003 file may be corrupt. Best option is to try to open in Excel 2003. (May be your friend or the local library has Excel 2003).
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  • Findsarfaraz
    Also, at times there can be issue with file association. So, right click on XL file and choose open with and select MS Excel 2007. You can try installing MS Excel view for 2003 to see if the files open properly. GOOD LUCK..! Regards, Sarfaraz Ahmed MS Excel help
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  • sampatrik
    Hi, I am sure that your problem get resolve till today but I want to give answer for those who are facing same problem. Actually some formats of excel 2003 is not supported by excel 2007 thats why you are getting this problem. One possibility is that your file may get corrupt. In file corruption situation use excel repair software to fix your problem.
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