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Are you having issues when trying to access the data from an Excel file? Are you tired of having to re-do the tasks you already completed because your Excel files got corrupted? Did you lose important information in those documents?
Excel documents can be damaged or corrupted by a variety of factors, from hardware failure while saving the document, to a corrupted partition on your hard-drive that shuts down your PC before the saving is completed normally, etc.
Luckily, there are a few methods that can help you recover and save your documents.
The best and most secure method of repairing a corrupt Excel file is by using specialized software that was designed to do exactly that.
There are a few built-in repair options in Windows 10 that are worth mentioning as well.
So, first, let’s explore some of the best software options on the market that allow you to recover your corrupted Excel files, or at least recover the data stored in them.
How can I repair corrupted Microsoft Excel documents easily?
This software from Stellar called Repair for Excel is a great software option that allows you to repair corrupted Excel documents (.XLS/.XLSX). Or, if that’s not possible, to easily extract the data from the respective files.
An important aspect is that Stellar Repair for Excel doesn’t modify the data in any way, maintaining the same original format – tables, charts, cell comment, images, formula, etc.
This allows you to not worry about this aspect when recovering your lost files. Having to deal with changes in your data after a repair would be a lot of hard work, and an inefficient way to correct the issue/issues.
Stellar Repair for Excel can identify the error that’s causing the corruption, and fix it, and restore it to the original format and content. You can use this software to repair a large number of files at the same time, allowing you to save valuable time.
The user-interface of this software is very intuitive and gives you easy access to start repairing damaged Excel files using a step-by-step wizard that takes you through the entire process, for optimal results.
Some other features of Stellar Repair for Excel that are worth mentioning :
- Real-time preview for your repaired files – allows you to check if the data is kept unmodified in the process of repairing, and see a preview of the final results before saving
- Very useful built-in search options to quickly access your Excel documents from the main menu
- Supports MS Excel versions: 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, and 2000
Stellar Repair for ExcelRestore your corrupted Excel files to their original form in just a few steps, using this simple and efficient tool.
Kernel for Excel is another greatly useful software option that gives you the power to solve any corruption errors that might stop you from accessing the data in your Excel files.
It has support for both .xls and .xlsx formats and doesn’t require the files to be of a particular size.
You can also use Kernel for Excel to restore formulas, filters, OLE objects, URLs, numbers, etc.
The tool can repair your Excel files with ease, no matter if the corruption was produced because of a header error, an Excel file crash, etc. You can use this software to recover all original text, images, numbers, font, color, hyperlinks, etc.
The wide range of formats that can be restored with Kerner for Excel, makes it one of the best software options on the market to deal with this kind of issues.
You can always preview the repaired files before applying any final changes.
Kernel for Excel RepairUse this complete tool to recover single or multiple corrupted, damaged, or inaccessible Excel files with all the included data.
Excel Repair Toolbox is another great software option that can repair corrupted Excel files and recover data without modifying it in any way. This software can fix corrupted .xls, .xlt, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xltm, .xltx and also .xlam Microsoft Excel files.
This software scans for any errors in your Excel file and then offers the possibility to fix a wide range of elements – table styles, cell number or format, worksheets, row heights, formulas, cell colors, etc.
Unfortunately, Excel Repair Toolbox has some limitations regarding the data types and objects that it can recover from a corrupt Excel file. For instance, it cannot repair sorting settings, diagrams, conditional formatting, merged cells, or comments.
Repair My Excel is another great software option that gives you the power to repair corrupted Excel files and repair them, covering all versions of Microsoft Excel including the older 95, 97 versions, but also XP and 2003.
Here’s a list of the most notable features of this software:
- Can recover the names of your worksheets
- Recovers Excel formulas
- Repairs Excel formatting – font, color, hyperlinks, URLs, etc.
- It allows you to review your file after recovery
- Can save your Excel recovery data yo a new file
The tool requires you to buy an activation code to be able to export repaired/recovered Excel files/data.
Recovery for Excel allows you to recover the data in corrupted Excel documents, being able to extract data from .xls, .xla, and .xlsx formats.
All the versions of Excel starting from version 5.0 and finishing with the 2016 edition are supported.
All the recovered data is saved into a new Excel document without making any changes to the original setup, allowing you to easily access the information.
This software has a good looking and user-friendly user interface that allows you to recover multiple files at the same time, and even recover folders.
The repair is applied to a wide range of errors that can affect text, numbers, formulas, conditional formatting, merged cells, embedded images, filter settings, sheet names, and many others.
In order to use Recovery for Excel, it is recommended that you first backup your corrupted documents on an external hard-drive or USB stick, select the files you want to recover, and then easily choose a name for the export file that contains all the exported data.
Recovery for Excel will automatically add a Recovered tag to the name of your exported Excel document.
Windows 10 built-in solutions
Microsoft Excel can recover your corrupted Excel files by the use of two main built-in solutions.
One of them allows you to repair the file by searching for errors in the document, and the other can help you extract the data from the corrupted file.
Here is how you can try these methods out:
1. Open and Repair method
- Open up a fresh blank Excel document
- Click on File > Open , and find the corrupted Excel document by browsing your computer
- Click on the drop-down menu next to the Open button, and choose Open and Repair
- Microsoft Excel will now try to repair and open the corrupted file.
If this option didn’t work, you can try this next solution :
2. Extract data method
- Open up a fresh blank Excel document
- Click on File > Open , and find the corrupted Excel document by browsing your hard-drive
- Click on the drop-down menu next to the Open button, and choose Extract Data.
If the first Open and Repair method didn’t work, by using the second method you will be able to recover the data stored in your Excel document and save it into another uncorrupted file.
So, in this article, we explored some of the best software options on the market that allow you to either repair or recover data from a corrupted Excel document.
The software options we presented in this list cover a wide range of capabilities besides recovering the original data.
With the software options and DIY solutions we presented in this list, you will surely be ready to tackle any Excel file corruption issues in the future.
We would love to know what software you chose to solve your issues and how it worked for you. Please feel free to let us know in the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2019 and was completely revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.