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How to repair a corrupt Excel file

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Recovery Toolbox for Excel

Recovery Toolbox for Excel helps to repair corrupted XLSX Microsoft Excel file

How to recover an Excel file

The instruction for the recovery of damaged Microsoft Excel worksheets on Windows PC:

  1. Download Recovery Toolbox for Excel from here:
  2. Install Recovery Toolbox for Excel on your computer
  3. Run Recovery Toolbox for Excel
  4. Select a corrupt MS Excel file on the first page of the tool
  5. Click Analyze
  6. Preview the contents of the worksheets and cells from the Excel file
  7. Click the Start recovery button and save the recovered content (available only in the full version of Recovery Toolbox for Excel) by selecting:
    • Export to Excel – if you want export the data to new workbook
    • Save to file – if you want to save the data to a new *.xlsx file
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Microsoft Excel Recovery tool

Recovery Toolbox for Excel was developed for recovering corrupted Microsoft Excel files.

Key features of Microsoft Excel recovery software:

  • Fixing all types of Excel files: *.xls, *.xlt, *.xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xltm, *.xltx and *.xlam extension
  • Recovers table styles, fonts, worksheets, workbook cell data
  • Repairing number formats (except colors that are used in a number format)
  • Fix the column width and row height values in a sheet
  • Repair all types of formulas, including functions, internal, external, and name references
  • Repair cell formatting values (font, number format, line style, fill pattern, text orientation and alignment)
  • Restore cell colors and border colors
  • Read and repair .XLS files of MS Office 98, 2000, 2003, XP
  • Open and recover .XLSX files of MS Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021 (Microsoft 365)
  • Saving directly to Excel or a new .XLSX file (in this case, a copy of Microsoft Excel installed on the user's computer is not required)
  • Export data into new Excel document directly
  • XLSX Viewer Tool
  • Identifies and displays the contents of a damaged Microsoft Excel file
  • Displays the corrupted Excel file

Reasons for XLS/XLSX file corruption:

  • Virus injection
  • Incorrect antivirus cleaning of files (True-False detection)
  • Hardware failures
  • Power shortages
  • USB device is incorrect, unplug
  • Microsoft Excel bugs
  • Incorrectly working third-party tools with Excel data files
  • and others …

How to recover damaged xlsx file of Microsoft Excel

Please note that in spite of being one of the most sophisticated Microsoft Excel recovery tools on today’s market, Recovery Toolbox for Excel cannot repair the following values or properties of a spreadsheet:

  • print settings
  • conditional formatting
  • data validity
  • range, worksheet, and workbook protection
  • Asian phonetic blocks
  • hyperlinks
  • calculation settings
  • sorting settings
  • included objects, such as pictures, diagrams, notes, and other
  • merged cells
  • comments
  • VBA macros
  • password-protected files

How to See the Contents of XLSX files, Even Without MS Excel Installation

Do the following if you need to open a file of MS Excel format, without the software installation.

  1. Download Recovery Toolbox for Excel from the developer’s website using this link:
  2. Install the program by double-clicking on the downloaded file
  3. Launch the software, using the shortcut, created on the desktop at installation
  4. Choose the needed file of XLSX format
  5. Start the processing of selected XLSX file
  6. After its end, Recovery Toolbox for Excel starts the mode of previewing that allows to see the contents of the selected XSLX file
  7. If you need to save data, register the program, it requires payment, starting from $39

Besides undamaged files, the program allows opening for preview corrupted documents, unopenable normally.

Recovery Toolbox for Excel software allows opening XLSX files of any Microsoft Excel version (2007/2010/2013/2016/2019/2021 (Microsoft 365)) and previewing contents of XLSX documents, without a possibility to save data in demo version. Doing so, Recovery Toolbox for Excel may work with either corrupted or undamaged XLSX files.

The presence of Microsoft Excel is not required. Previewing of XLSX files is performed from Recovery Toolbox for Excel directly. Of course, it limits visualization capabilities, for example, it does not execute macros. The registered version removes all limitations and allows to save recovered data into a new XLSX file.

Here is a brief instruction about how to open XLSX files:

  1. In the very beginning, need to get the tool, it can be done using the description page:
  2. Install and launch Recovery Toolbox for Excel
  3. Choose a XLSX file of any version
  4. Click the button Next to open the XLSX file for preview
  5. At the second stage, Recovery Toolbox for Excel suggests previewing the contents of selected XLSX document

Free XLSX File Viewer

Recovery Toolbox for Excel is very convenient to use it for viewing the contents of an XLSX/XLS Microsoft Excel file—a corrupted, standard, or both Excel file. The tool can work as a viewer for XLSX files, even if you don't have Excel or Office installed. The tool allows you to open and view any XLSX files for an unlimited number of times.

There is a full preview of Excel spreadsheets in Recovery Toolbox for Excel, and it's similar to how it is implemented in Microsoft Office. The tool opens XLSX files for viewing, even if they are damaged. Plus, it's free for an unlimited number of times.

How to Open a Corrupted XLSX File for Free

Recovery Toolbox for Excel allows you to open a damaged Excel spreadsheet for free and display all the data from the damaged spreadsheet on the preview page.

How to Restore an Excel Project

You can use the last backup or restore to the previous stable copy of the file, or try to use Recovery Toolbox for Excel to restore damaged Excel spreadsheets. With a very high probability, Recovery Toolbox for Excel can return data .xlsx files to their original state before they were damaged. To verify this statement, it is necessary to:

  • Download, install, and run the DEMO version of Recovery Toolbox for Excel.
  • Select a damaged .xlsx file.
  • Run the analysis of the damaged XLSX file.
  • Examine the recovered Excel spreadsheet on the preview page.
  • Export recovered data to a new Excel file - available in the full version.

How to Fix an Excel File

If you need to fix the corrupted Excel file, then the full version of Recovery Toolbox for Excel will allow you to do this in a few simple steps. The fixing of Excel files occurs by copying the corrected data from the damaged .xlsx file to a new Excel project. The tool does not fix or modify the existing XLSX file. All recovered data is transferred to a new Excel spreadsheet. Corrected data from a damaged XLSX file can be exported to a new Excel spreadsheet or a new XLSX file.


  • Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 or Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016 and above
  • Recovery Toolbox for Excel is a shareware product and distributed under a Try before you Buy License. This means that before purchasing the program, a user must download and test its features and try to recover lost information from the corrupt file. The trial version works as a viewer of recovered data. However, the utility cannot export information to Microsoft Excel or save in an XLSX file. This approach allows users to assess the efficiency of Recovery Toolbox for Excel and, only if the program proves to be useful, then purchase a license and take full advantage of its features.
  • Our Excel recovery tools are not intended for recovering passwords for worksheets and workbooks.
  • If the data are protected with a password or are encrypted, the program will not be able to recover them.


To disable the update request you should uncheck the corresponding option before doing data export in Microsoft Excel:

  1. Run Microsoft Excel.
  2. On the main menu select Tools | Options.
  3. On the Edit tab uncheck the Ask to update automatic links option.
Note: it is recommended to backtrack the changed options after the export of the recovered data in Microsoft Excel has been completed.


Free XLSX Viewer is the feature of the Recovery Toolbox for Excel. Just select any .xlsx file on the first page of the tool and view the content of the .xlsx file on the second page of the tool even if Microsoft Excel is not installed on the computer.


You can select any .xlsx file on the first page of the Recovery Toolbox for Excel. Afterward, the tool will open the XLSX file and display the content of the.XLSX file on the second page without using Microsoft Excel.

Please select a damaged Microsoft Excel file on first page of repair wizard in Recovery Toolbox for Excel:

Press Analyze button:

Program will read and analyze a damaged file a several minutes. Later you can see a grid with a recovered cell from Excel file. Please press the Start recovery button to export a recovered data into new Microsoft Excel file or new Microsoft Excel workbook directly.

Selecting a damaged Microsoft Excel worksheet

Viewing the information you have recovered

Exporting the recovered information to Microsoft Excel

Viewing the exported information

Customer's reviews and ratings:
Attilio Muscio 05-18-2022

On 5 megs of Excel file (.XLS), it recovered me 2.5 megs. Bye bye

JArcila 05-10-2022

The file (a workbook) got suddenly damaged and did not open despite following MS Office instruction to repair damaged excel files, hence that’s why I ended up with your application. The file has fórmulas, conditional formation and several tabs. No macros are included.

abhishek kumar 09-03-2021


bv khatri 05-10-2021

it is glad to know that your effort is appreciated

Breanna Hartman 04-04-2021

Repairing of Excel spreadsheets was successful, it's a pity that some cells with the formula have only values.

Janiyah Chan 03-15-2021

I was very lucky, even the formulas inside some cells repaired. Thanks for the file.

Isopiestic 02-15-2021

I tried to repair the Excel file with macros, but instead of xlsm, I got an xlsx file with no data in a VBA script.

Wonkytpop 01-20-2021

The program was able to extract data from a damaged Excel file, even cells with formulas!

Hayes Apollo 12-22-2020

Almost any file that I was able to recover from a killed flash card was invalid. And here I have to say honestly, your program was very useful. She was able to fix more than half of the damaged .xlsx files. These were quarterly financial audits, these are very significant and large documents. Thank you so much.

Bonkers 12-07-2020

Did an excellent job - I returned the Excel document to the previous working version, but there is one thing, but. If you want to recover VBA Macros, unfortunately, this program will not work for you. Macros have not restored, but the table has repaired completely

TinkiewYoyo 08-04-2020

Guys I'm ready to pay for password recovery in .xlsm file, please help me to solve this problem!

PropolTund 07-20-2020

Microsoft Excel displays the error "could not read the document file, this file was not saved" after a virus infected the computer. The virus removed, the problem remains. .xlsx files are no longer available. I bought the program hoping to fix my files, but I was able to repair only 11 files out of 14. It turned out that 3 files were protected by passwords that the program could not recover

Elflock 06-22-2020

"XLS file format is not valid", I received this error message today when I tried to open an Excel document. After restoring the file, formatting is lost: all my merge cells were separated as separate cells, which amounted to 50% of my document

MaxrocSnooty 06-08-2020

By online recovery tool I restore .XLSX document. But hyperlinks in some cells and custom macros were not recovered from corrupted spreadsheet.

bledny55 06-28-2019

The best I've used before. Tables have been repaired in 1,2,3. I recommend everyone

sity 03-15-2019

This is a good software

ali 12-13-2018

Very good!!!

Mirghani 12-11-2018


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Jekis 04-27-2018

Thanks, i recovered my xls file. Goog!


My Excel sheets were restored with all formatting and other data. Need to improve the Excel export speed in tool.

DAVEFRENCIS 07-03-2013

In comparison with other tools for recovering excel docs the tool showed itself as the best. I received fully restored excel files. Very very simple tool.

DRAWMAX 12-01-2010

Recovered the main data, numbers, formulas and formats. Fast! Good price. Very thorough with the security of the online purchase. But did not recover the inserted pictures, but that was most likely what caused the corruption in of the file in the first place. SUMMARY: The recovery screen is pretty much an excel sheet. Very easy to use - intuitive - and quite fast. It only shows the file with the orginal appearence when it recovers it to the Excel sheet. Good value for money if you compare it with the price of other products on the market. Great!