Free | How to Repair Corrupted Excel Files with Excel Repair Tool (.XLS/.XLSX)

Cedric Grantham posted on May 25, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


How to recover corrupted Excel file 2016, 2013, 2010, or 2007? Use EaseUS file recovery tool to restore corrupted or damaged Excel files in a few clicks. Besides, you can try Excel repair online tool or free manual methods to repair corrupted files with detailed guides.

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File corruption in Excel and Word is a common problem while using Microsoft office. You may see these error messages when the problem occurs.

Excel file corruption error message

The possible reasons for Excel file corruption or damage might be:

  • Abrupt power outage
  • Virus or malware attack
  • Hardware failure
  • Excel application crash
  • Excel file deleting
  • Excel internal error

Even though some of you may back up your Excel files from time to time, the corruption can still be a problem, because the Excel file damage always arises unexpectedly, and your backup files may not contain the most recent work. In such a case, calm down and use the effective Excel repair tools on this page to try out and repair corrupted Excel files without data loss.

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To recover corrupted Excel file simply, we highly recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which is good at repairing and recovering lost or existing damaged Excel files under all corruption scenarios.

If you need to repair corrupted JPEG/JPG or recover damaged MP4 and MOV files, this file repair tool is also a great choice.

This professional MS Office Excel file repair tool has the following salient features.

  • Recover corrupted Excel files in XLSX/XLS formats
  • Repair single or multiple Excel file without quantity limit
  • Restore Excel data including table, chart, formula, chart sheet, and more
  • Real-time preview of repairing corrupted Excel file
  • Supports MS Excel 2019/2016/2013/2010/2007/2003/XP/2000/97/95 versions

How to Repair Corrupted Excel Files with EaseUS File Repair Tool

Download EaseUS MS Office document repair tool for free and follow the step-by-step guides below to repair damaged Excel files with three steps.

Step 1. Select a location to start finding corrupted Excel files

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and then scan the corrupted or damaged Excel files.

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Step 2.  Repair and recover corrupted Excel document

First, find the damaged files through the filter, file path, search, etc.

Second, preview and repair. This program will automatically repair corrupted and damaged Excel files.

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Tip: It supports single file size <= 100MB.

Step 3.  Save the Excel file to a secure location

Click "Recover" to save the repaired Excel files to a safe location ( DO NOT save the files back onto the same hard drive partition or external device where you lost the data from).

Save repaired Excel files

Excel Repair Tool Online to Restore Corrupted Excel Files

If you don't like to download a desktop program to restore a corrupted Excel file, there are some online Excel recovery tools you can apply. Recovery Toolboox for Excel is one of the top rank tools you can try.

Step 1. Click "Select File" to choose your damaged Excel file with an xls, xlt, xlsx, xlsm, xltm, xltx or xlam extension.

Step 2. Enter your email address and verification code from the captcha image. Click "Next" to go on.

Step 3. Wait for the corrupted Excel file to be recovered.

Step 4. Make payment as required. Download the recovered Excel spreadsheet

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  • Simple to use, no need to download


  • Charge by quantity (e.g. 10 USD for one Excel document repair), too expensive
  • Security and data privacy cannot be guaranteed

Other Free Ways to Recover Corrupted Excel Files

In addition to EaseUS data recovery software and the online Excel recovery tool, there are still a few manual methods to restore damaged Excel files. The advantage of these methods is free, while the disadvantage is the low probability of file repair and recovery. Read the guides in-depth.

Fix 1. Use the Open and Repair Tool in Windows Excel

Step 1. Open a blank Excel sheet, click "File" > "Open".

Step 2. Go to the location and find the folder that contains the corrupted Excel file.

Step 3. In the Open dialog, select the corrupted Excel file and click the arrow next to Open button > Click "Open and Repair".

repair corrupted Excel with open and repair tool

Step 4. Click "Repair" to recover as much of Excel data as possible.

If "Repair" can't recover your Excel data, click "Extract Data" to extract values and formulas from the Excel sheet.

Fix 2. Restore Corrupted Excel File from TMP File

Microsoft Office provides the AutoSave feature to automatically save Excel temp files as a backup on your computer. So when your Excel, Word, or PPT file suddenly gets corrupted or crashed, you can follow tips below to recover corrupted files.

Step 1. Go to the temp file folder location on your PC and find the Excel temp files with TMP extension. 

  • For Windows 8/10 users: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
  • For Windows 7 users: C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\

Step 2. Find the temporary excel files begin with "$" or "~" and end with ".TMP".

Step 3. Copy these files and save them to another safe place by changing the extension from.TMP to .XLS/.XLSX. 

Fix 3. Repair Corrupted Excel by Saving as Other Formats

If you can open the corrupted Excel file, but there is no data. You can try to repair corrupted Excel by saving it as another format.

Step 1. Open corrupted Excel file and go to "Save As".

Step 2. Select "Web Page" from the possible file formats. Make sure that the whole Excel file is selected and then click "Save".

Step 3. Find the saved file and right-click on it, select "Open with" > "Microsoft Office Excel".

Step 4. If the file can be opened usually, go to "Save As" and choose an Excel format .xls or .xlsx. Then, the corrupted Excel file will be recovered.

repair corrupted Excel by saving to other formats

Fix 4. Restore Corrupted Excel File from Previous Versions

Another practical solution to restore corrupted Excel files is to restore from the previous versions, which come from File History or from restore points. If you haven't enabled Windows file backup in advance, this method is useless.

Step 1. Create a new Excel file with the same name as your lost Excel file or find your present Excel file.

Step 2. Right-click on the Excel file and select "Properties".

Step 3. Go to Previous Versions, find and select the latest version or the right version before Excel crashes, deleted or saved, click "Restore".

restore damaged Excel from previous versions

To Sum Up

This article provides you with the most comprehensive methods on how to recover corrupted Excel file. If you would like to use the Window's built-in utilities to do it, there are four fixes you can try to recover from a backup. Do repair Excel file without any offline software, use the free online Excel repair tool. With this approach, you need to be highly aware of data security and privacy issues.

For effectiveness and safety, you'd better use a desktop Excel repair program, like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It is not only competent to repair files, but also influential in recovering lost data due to accidental deletion, storage device formatting, partition loss, virus attack, OS crash, hard disk damage, and more.

Excel Repair Tool FAQs

Here are a few more questions related to how to repair corrupted Excel files. If you also have any of these questions, you can find the answers here.

How can I repair my Excel file?

Repair Excel file in the simplest way by using EaseUS file recovery tool:

Step 1. Select a location to start finding crashed or damaged Excel files

Step 2. Repair and recover corrupted Excel files.  

Step 3. Save the recovered Excel file to a secure location.

How do I repair Excel in Windows 10?

You can repair Excel in Windows 10 with four feasible ways:

Fix 1. Use the Open and Repair tool in Microsoft Office Excel

Fix 2. Restore corrupted Excel file from TMP file

Fix 3. Repair corrupted Excel by saving as other formats

Fix 4. Restore damaged Excel file from the previous version

How can I recover a corrupted Excel file for free?

To repair a corrupted workbook:

Step 1. Click "File" > "Open". Click the location and folder that contains the corrupted workbook.

Step 2. In the Open window, select the corrupted Excel file.

Step 3. Click the arrow next to the Open button, and then click "Open and Repair". Or you can click "Repair" to recover Excel data.

How does an Excel file gets corrupted?

Reasons that lead to MS Excel files corruption:

  • Sudden system shutdown
  • Virus attacks
  • Hard disk failure
  • Too much data and large size files
  • Abrupt closing of application

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It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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