How to repair corrupt MS Excel 2003 (XLS) File?

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Microsoft Excel 2003
I have important MS Excel file data and unfortunately got corrupt due to virus attacks, so my crucial Excel sheet got lost, how to repair corrupt MS Excel 2003 (XLS) File? If have any solution please assist me.

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Microsoft Excel 2003

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A corrupt excel spreadsheet can be repaired by using Open and Repair technique. It is a built-in repair function that opens a corrupt excel file forcefully. 
*Open MS Excel > press Ctrl+O > locate corrupt excel spreadsheet and select it. 
*Click on the arrow shown beside Open button > select Open and Repair. 
It will take just a few seconds to be completed and selected file will be opened, if possible. 

Or if this doesn’t work, one may take help of a third-party Excel Recovery software. I would recommend Excel Repair Kit software to recover data from corrupt excel spreadsheet. The software is available with free demo version. To read more about this software and to download its free demo version, visit:

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  • Subhendu Sen
    If I am not wrong, several days ago, this kind of Q already asked here ! However, u can try with built-in repairing method which u can find in MS Office. Here is link:
    If it will not work, you can try with a good 3rd party tool, but not sure about 100% success.
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  • laurermatt
    You may try following methods to repair Excel file:
    • Save the document in different file format like .rtf (rich-text format) or .txt (ASCII text format).
    • Save the file as Webpage and reopen it with Word.
    • Use Microsoft Excel's in-built Open and Repair method.
    • Open with Open Office.
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  • mahima11
    There is an in-built feature with MS Office program to repair corrupt PPTX, Excel file and Word file. Just follow the steps mention below-

    Click on Start -> All Programs -> choose Microsoft Office -> click Open

    In open dialog box, choose the corrupt excel file -> click open & repair option

    To recover maximum possible data click RepairTo restore values, graphs, formulas click extract data.

    Still your file is not opened then you need to try third party tool to repair corrupt XLS file.

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  • ToddN2000
    You can always try the built-in repair method. I do not mean to harp on the subject but if you have ANYTHING of importance..BACK IT UP. So many people will lose documents, pictures, and other files after a virus upgrade or other issue. There are tools out there that may help but you cannot rely on them for every situation.
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  • bhannah
    I would use the built in tool in Excel to repair it. Locate the corrupted one and then open and repair using the tool in the start menu. Note though if the corrupted file is still infected with the virus, then you will just be reinfecting your machine with the virus. Scan the file with a good A/V product and antimalware product before attempting to repair it. Some files are damaged beyond repair though so backups of the file are critical.
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  • ToddN2000
    If you think this was damaged by a virus, chances are there are more. Run a good anti-virus on your system, preferably in safe mode. Just hope the corruption is not due to ransomware. Those are almost impossible to remove. That is why a lot of major companies pay the ransom. Was this the only file you found with issues and if so was it on a hard drive or removable media?
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