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Posted on 2011-02-16
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I have spent four hours working on an Excel file consiting of 55,000 lines, the Stats file.
I saved every ten minutes or so.
I then opened a number of other Excel database files to extract information.
My Stats file has disappeared in Excel format, nowhere to be found on the hard drive.
There is an xml file which I cannot convert to a .xls file
So I am faced with losing more than four hours of work.
Any sugestions please??
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Question by:digisel
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by:SiddharthRout
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I am not sure that I can help but May I see that file?

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Have you checked your recent documents in excel and windows?

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I have found the reason.   The Excel file was being saved as stats.xls.xml

I have worked with Excel many years and never encountered this before.
I have tried renaming it to stats.xls.   BUt it just defaults to Internet Explorer which tries to find a solution.
I think I am going to have to abandon it.
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Would it possible for you to upload it?

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Have you tried opening the file from within Excel, or using "Open With" from the file itself? How about dragging and dropping the file to an Excel window? Does Excel refuse to open the file? If you rename the file to .xls, does it appear with an Excel icon or something else?
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by:digisel
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Thanks to everyone for their time and interest.
Telynit19 produced the solution:   I opened the file from within Excel and it loaded fine.   I had tried Open With before getting onto EE but it did not work.
For future ref for all, the file had been saved as stats.xls.xml.
Anyway thanks again
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