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    Problem opening a "xls" file

    Good day,

    I'm having a difficulty opening a .xls file using a Ms Exel 2003.

    It prompt a box saying:

    The file you are trying to open, 'AA.xls' is in a different format than specified by the file extension. Verify that the file is not corrupted and is from a trusted source before opening the file. Do you wan to open the file now?

    If i click Yes. Another pop up will show:

    The information you were working on might be lost. Ms. Office excel can try to recover it for you and i checked on the " recover my work and restart Ms.office excel"

    A blank Ms.Excel will be shown.

    The size of the file shown on the icon are still there but nothing contain in it.

    Pls. help.

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    Re: Problem opening a "xls" file

    The file could be corrupted.

    Try right clicking on the file in Windows Explorer and choose Previous Versions. If your version of Windows supports this, you may be presented with versions prior to the latest version that you are trying to open. Double click on the latest previous version and it should open in Excel.
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    Re: Problem opening a "xls" file

    The following steps might help recover your file:
    1. Click the File menu
    2. Click Open
    3. Locate the file, but do not click the Open button. Instead, click the drop-down arrow next to the Open button.
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