Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet which is specifically developed for the users to organize, calculate, format data with formulas with the use of spreadsheet system broken up by rows and columns. Sometimes you may get some errors while working on the excel sheet.

Users are facing this error while working on the excel sheet:

 “Excel found unreadable content in [filename].xls“.

Sometimes it happens that your excel file get opened after clicking the “Yes” button but unfortunately there are some chances of replacement of formulas or lost formatting. Moreover, most of the times, this error is followed by several errors while clicking on “Yes”.

Causes of the error: The very first common causes of this error message is the corruption of complete Excel file or may be because of the corruption of one or more object in the excel file.

Methods to fix this error: This error message can be carried out by applying the different methods mentioned below:

  • First Try to open your ‘.xls’ file by making it ‘read-only’
  • Now click on the ‘Office button’ and then select ‘save’ for new document or ‘save as’ for previously saved document.

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  • Next you have to click on the ‘Tools’ and then select ‘General Option’.

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  • Last but not the least, click on the ‘read-only’ check-box to make document read-only.
  • Now you have to open a new and blank ‘.xls’ file and then copy the whole data from the corrupted Excel file to this new one. Now simply save this file and try to open it again.

Unfortunately, it is observed that installing the ‘Visual Basic’ component of MS Office 2010 resolves the error message. You can apply the below mentioned steps in order to proceed for the steps to fix the issue:

Navigate to Control Panel -> Programs -> select Microsoft Office 2010, and  click Change -> Add or Remove Programs -> now click the ‘plus’ sign provided next to Office Shared Features at the bottom of this list -> After this, click Visual Basic for Applications -> and then right-click and Select Run from My Computer ->  and then click Continue.

The only thing you have to do is to reboot your system when this process finishes in order to get the data recovered after fixing the issue.


Even after applying the above methods to fix and recover this error message then you can also make use of MS Excel Repair Tool which is specifically designed in order to detect the errors in the Excel file and fix them up without any hassle. This tool has a lot of features by which you can easily fix the errors and recover the data from your Excel file in very simple steps. The steps involved in how to fix errors in Excel file are stated below.

How to ‘Fix Excel found unreadable content in filename.xls’:


Step 1: First of all you need to download and install MS Excel Repair tool and hit on “OK” button in order to start the process.


Step 2: Now click on Select file and the corrupted .xls or .xlsx file and click on the “Select folder” for searching the .xls or .xlsx file in a specific folder and then click “Select File” to search the .xls and .xlsx file in the particular drive.


Step 3: Click on “Scan” for scanning the corrupted file after select your file.


Step 4: Now you are able to see the scanning process.


Step 5: After performing the above steps for scanning, you can preview the corrupted workbook.


Step 6: Now click on “Repair” button to repair.


Step 7: Last but not the least select the preferred location to save the repaired workbook on your PC.


After applying all the above mentioned steps, you will get rid of this error and you will be able to open your excel sheet without nay hassle.

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Fix ‘Excel found unreadable content in filename.xls’ Error in MS Excel File