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Excel File Repair

SecureRecovery® for Excel repairs corrupt and damaged .xlsx or .xls files

SecureRecovery for Excel is compatible with Excel 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2000, 97, 95 and 5.0. It offers dedicated recovery for information contained within an Excel file, such as:

  • Text, Numbers and Formulas
  • Formulas With External Links to Files, Workbooks and Pages
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Merged Cells
  • Comments
  • Frozen Rows and Columns
  • Embedded Images
  • Multi-Sheet File Structures
  • Sheet Names
  • Embedded and Non-Embedded Charts
  • Filters and Their Settings
  • Password Protected Files (Requires Password)
  • Hyperlinks
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Microsoft Excel spreadsheets can be damaged or corrupted just like any file, but often with more catastrophic results. If you are facing the prospect of data loss due to damaged Excel files, SecureRecovery for Excel can help. This powerful recovery utility scans, analyzes and recovers information stored in spreadsheets, returning your data to full functionality.

SecureRecovery for Excel offers quick and effective recovery for files from all modern versions of the application. The latest version of SecureRecovery for Excel, 6.0, includes a set of helpful new features, including:

  • A New, User-Friendly Interface With Multiple Recovery Options
  • Support for Excel 2007 and 2010

In addition to these valuable recovery services, SecureRecovery for Excel includes full support for a wide variety of formats and operations:

  • MS Excel 2007 Formulas and Shared Formulas
  • MS Excel 2007 Password Protected Files
  • Output Format of .xlsx or .xls
  • Far East Code Pages
  • Install/Uninstall Operations

Demo Tool Evaluates Each File

SecureRecovery for Excel includes a Demo Tool that can estimate the viability of file repair before committing to the full data recovery operation. Using the Demo Tool produces either of two common results:

  1. Repairable data will show with a placeholder reading “demo,” and a sample of recoverable data will be repaired on the spot.
  2. If the file is damaged beyond the capabilities of the utility, the message “No data to recover” will appear. In that case, contact our in-lab data recovery services


SecureRecovery for Excel is a powerful utility, but if files are damaged enough there may be some data that cannot be restored. This tool is not designed to recover:

  • Visual Basic Modules or Drawings
  • Names of Cells
  • Items Filtered Out by MS Excel

Using SecureRecovery for Excel

SecureRecovery for Excel is extremely easy to operate. The user interface guides you through the process, and it only takes a few clicks to restore your damaged files.

  1. Create a reliable backup of your corrupted file. Non-local media such as CDs or network drives are best for storing backups.
  2. Start the utility.
  3. In the File menu, select “Recover. . . item.” This opens a file selection dialog box.
  4. Select your damaged file and click “Recover.”
  5. Do not turn off your computer while the utility processes the file. When the operation is complete, a prompt will appear.
  6. Save the newly repaired spreadsheet with a new file name. SecureRecovery for Excel will assign a default file name, adding “Recovered” to the original.

Limit Costly Data Loss With SecureRecovery for Excel

If your .xls, .xlsx or .xla file opens as a string of random characters, it is likely that you are confronting a corrupted spreadsheet. Other corrupted files might crash the application, or generate error messages indicating damage. When faced with this potentially devastating scenario, order a copy of SecureRecovery for Excel to restore your important data quickly.

System Requirements

Virtually any Windows machine that runs MS Excel is appropriate for use with SecureRecovery for Excel. Requirements include:

  • Operating System: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 2003 Server and 2008 Server
  • Versions of Windows Not Supported: 95, 98, and ME
  • RAM: 256-1024 MB (Larger Files and Greater Corruption Require More RAM)
  • Hard Disk: Minimum of 10 MB Free Space
  • Display: 640 x 480 or Higher Resolution, 256 Colors
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Which license option should I choose when ordering SecureRecovery for Excel?

Consult our Licensing page for information about different options and choose an appropriate product.

I have a damaged or corrupt spreadsheet. Will SecureRecovery for Excel restore the missing cells?

SecureRecovery for Excel can recover Excel spreadsheets that have lost data due to corruption, deletion, virus damage or for various other reasons. It is a powerful tool with excellent ease of use and state-of-the-art features.

By trying the free demo of SecureRecovery for Excel, you can easily determine whether the software will be able to restore your files effectively. After running the tool, you will be able to see whether your spreadsheets can be restored and which cells (if any) are permanently damaged.

How is the free demo version of SecureRecovery for Excel different from the commercial version?

While the full version can recover complete spreadsheets, the demo will only recover a limited number of cells. Past this point, recovered cells will be replaced with generic placeholder text. If a cell is unrecoverable, it will not appear with the placeholder text. Please note that formatting, stylesheets and other elements may not be recoverable if they do not appear in the demo output.

Before using either the demo version or the full version of SecureRecovery for Excel, we strongly recommend making backups of all of your damaged spreadsheets.

My recovered spreadsheets have a smaller file size than my original spreadsheets. Is this a sign of serious data loss?

Not necessarily. When cells are damaged or portions of your spreadsheet are unreadable, SecureRecovery for Excel replaces the damaged areas with blank space, which can result in a smaller file size. This typically does not affect the usability of the recovered files.

Some features (such as advanced formatting) may be supported or unrecoverable, which would also result in a smaller file size. Also, the demo version of the software almost always outputs a relatively small file, since recovered cells are entirely replaced with placeholder text.

Can this tool recover files that use Excel formats that were created with Google Docs or another program other than Microsoft Excel?

Yes, provided that the files were readable with Excel.

Microsoft Excel crashes when attempting to read the recovered spreadsheets. Is there a fix or workaround for this?

In very rare instances, this can occur due to corruption. We recommend accessing the original corrupted file in Safe Mode, which will allow SecureRecovery for Excel to replace complicated formulas with their values.

You can enable this option by checking the Safe Mode checkbox when selecting the files you want to recover. Safe Mode should only be necessary in extraordinary circumstances, so please contact our technical team with a detailed description of the issue if this occurs.

I need to recover a large number of Excel files. Can I run SecureRecovery for Excel through a command line call?

Yes. Command line access is available for Enterprise and Service license holders. It is not an available feature for Standard users.

Use the following command line call:

xr.exe “”

Do not use angle brackets, and check to make sure that you have created an output directory before you attempt a recovery. To replace groups of symbols or individual symbols, use ‘*’ or ‘?’ respectively.

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