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"unable to read file" message when opening an Excel workbook.

I created a workbook in Excel with a pivot table to present various financial data.  I also password protected the workbook.  Prior to today, I had opened and closed the file several times without problems.  However, on my last attempt to open the file I received the following message "unable to read file".
Is there a way to open the file? I am using Excel 2004 for Mac.
Thanks.

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  • mac_pamela Jan 22, 2009

    Were you able to find a solution for this problem. I have the same issue and need an answer. Thank you.

  • unkeloz Jan 28, 2009

    same problem - even rebuilt the file, saved it, and issue came back after exiting Excel.  This sucks!!!

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Okay those of you that is having this issue try reinstalling the Ms office software along with any emulation program you have on you mac.. this will shore up alot of problems that can reside from coruption. Thanks

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I was sent an excel file (.xls). friends on mac and pc can both open it.

i am on mac and keep getting unable to read error. it must be something with my mac. what could it be? nobody else has this problem.

Posted on May 22, 2009

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