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Hi. Using Windows XP, I needed to back up my files due to a virus. There was no problem in backing up my Word documents but my Excel documents would not copy to cd. I am no expert but discovered that the Excel documents, if first saved as Word documents, would then save to disc. Can you tell me how to convert these documents back to their original format? Many thanks, John Read more: http://www.justanswer.com/tags/computer/Microsoft?r=ppc|ga|4|Computer|Microsoft+%2D+Phrase+Trial&JPKW=microsoft&JPDC=S&JPST=&JPAD=4371256950&JPAF=txt&JPCD=20091217&JPRC=1&gclid=CIml1fmmqaECFVKX2AodDVPpDw#ixzz0mOlAgtul

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  • johnbwightma Apr 28, 2010

    I have already converted the xls files to word and stored them onto cd. I need to convert these files back to xls. Is this possible?



    To put it another way - I have on a working computer, several documents stored as Word. These documents were originally Excel. I need to know how to retrieve the original data. Thanks.

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Hi,

There should not be any reason why you cannot backup .xls files but, as you are having this issue due to a virus, I suggest you 'pack' all the excel files in a ZIP or RAR or 7zip file. This will decrease their size and will also copy to a CD. Once copied you can use the same program to 'unpack' the files. Note: Unlike the other two, 7zip is free and recommended.

I assume that you are using Windows back up. If you prefer then it would be easy to use 7zip to combine all the files of same type (or as you wish) to make handling easier and manually copy them to a CD. This way you can just unpack the files after a system restore. And of course you will not have to convert them to and fro (word <=> excel).

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    Adnan Bhatti Apr 28, 2010

    Well to put it simply this is possible but not very easy/simple. The reason being that Excel and Word have a very different formatting. When a data is ported from one to the other the previous formatting is 'stripped' and converted to new formatting.

    I get that you copy and pasted the Excels data by using "Select-All" into word. The formatting is now irrecoverably lost, I'm afraid. To put it back into Excel file you have to manually copy and paste back into appropriate cells.

    You are not at a total loss though. There are some software claiming to convert Word to Excel format. However I could not find a free one; you have to decide whether the amount paid will be justified as you only need it once probably. Try the demos first and decide yourself. Please visit the links below; I gathered them here because I thought they might be helpful:

    How to manually convert DOC to XLS 1.



    How to manually convert DOC to XLS 2.


    Word to Excel Converter



    Total Doc Converter





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