Are you the one facing content error in MS Excel 2013 “We found a problem with some content in <filename>”. Then this article is for you here check out the possible working solutions to fix Excel 2013 content error and recovers the entire data from corrupted Excel workbook.

Microsoft Excel is the highly popular and useful program used by the small as well large organizations.

This is having many advanced function to make the work easy for the users.

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However apart of its popularity and ease of use there are many cases seen when the Excel file easily gets corrupted and start showing errors.

Today in this article, I am going to describe Microsoft Excel 2013 Content error.

The content error is faced by the users in different situations while opening Excel 2013 file like some are getting the error in OpenXML and some in opening XLSX error:

  • We Found A Problem With Some Content In Excel 2013 OpenXML
  • We Found A Problem With Some Content In Excel 2013 XLSX

Well, it doesn’t matter whether you are getting the content error in Excel 2013 while opening in OpenXML or XLXS, this can be fixed by following certain fixes.

Try the solution given below to resolve problem with some content in Excel 2013 error.


Methods to Fix MS Excel 2013 Content Error


#1: Open File Recovery Mode


Excel File Recovery Mode is the recovery utility designed to automatically open the Excel workbook if any inconsistency is found in the worksheet.

However, if Excel fails to open the File Recovery Mode automatically then try opening it manually.

Follow the steps to do so:

  1. Click File menu > choose Open.
  2. Now in the Open dialog box > move to the folder location where corrupt Excel file is saved.
  3. And choose the corrupt file > click on arrow sign presented next to Open button > select Open and Repair option.
  4. If you want to fix the maximum possible workbook > click Repair
  5. Or if want to recover data from the workbook > choose Extract Data (this will extract the entire possible formulae and values from workbook.)

Hope doing this will help you fix the error but if in case the workbook gets corrupted then this shows it has become inaccessible and was not opened.

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#2: Set Calculation to Manual


Try setting the calculation option to manual from automatic in Excel for making the file accessible.

Doing this will stop the workbook from recalculating the values and might help you to open the Excel 2013 file.

Follow the steps to do so:

  1. Click on File and then click on New.
  2. Under New, click on the Blank workbook option.
  3. Then click on File menu and click on Options.
  4. Under Formulas category, pick Manual in Calculation options and click on OK.
  5. Click on File menu and then click Open.
  6. Navigate to the corrupt workbook and then double-click to open.

#3: Copy XLS to Remove Unreadable Content Error


If you are facing error “We found a problem with some content in <filename>. Do you want us to try recover as much as we can? If you trust the source of this workbook, click Yes”   while trying to open Excel 2013 workbook, then try to make it read only to recover its entire content.

Follow the steps to do so:

  1. Open Excel 2013 workbook in ‘read-only’ mode > try copying its entire contents.
  2. Now create a new workbook > paste the entire contents from the corrupted file to the new file.

Also Read: FIX: Excel Found Unreadable Content In Filename .xls Error


#4: Use External References to Link to the Damaged Workbook


Well, if none of the above given solution will help you to fix Excel 2013 Content error then here try the last manual solution.

Make use of external references to link to damaged workbook, to fix Excel unreadable content error.

Please Note:  Implementing this will help you to recover data content only, the formulas or the calculated values are not

Follow the steps to do so:

  • Click on File > Open > locate the corrupt file saved folder.
  • Now right click file > click on Copy from context menu > Cancel.
  • Again, click File > New > under New option > click Blank workbook.
  • Now in the cell A1 of new workbook > type =File Name!A1 (the File Name indicates the name of the corrupted workbook copied in step 2).
  • If Update Values box appears > click the corrupt workbook > OK.
  • If Select Sheet box appears > click the appropriate sheet > OK.
  • Next choose cell A1 > click Home > click on Copy (or, Ctrl +C).
  • Starting in cell A1 > choose the same size area as that of the cell range in the damaged workbook.
  • Click on Home > choose Paste (or Ctrl + V).
  • Keep the range of cells selected > click on Home > Copy.
  • Lastly, click on Home > click the arrow linked with Paste > under Paste Values click on Values.

Doing this will remove the corrupt workbook link, only content data is left

Hope after following the manual fixes the Excel 2013 content error is resolved but if not then make use of the automatic repair utility to fix the error.


#5: Make Use Of the Automatic Repair Utility


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Hope after following the given fixes the Excel 2013 content error is resolved.

Make use of the given solutions one by one and check if this helped you to fix the error and recovers the data stored in it.

However if none of the manual solutions worked for you then try to automatic repair utility to fix the error and recover the entire data stored in it.

Additionally, Excel is an essential application and used in daily life, so it is recommended to handle the Excel file properly and follow best preventive steps to protect your Excel files from getting corrupted.

Despite it, always create a valid backup of your crucial Excel data and as well scan your system with good antivirus program for virus and malware infection.

If, in case you have any additional questions concerning the ones presented, do tell us in the comments section below or you can also visit our Repair MS Excel Ask Question 

Good Luck….

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