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Excel/Outlook 2007 - When I send a workbook the recipient doesn't see any formatting!

Posted on 2012-03-16
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I attach and send an excel 2007 workbook to someone using outlook 2007 and the recipient opens the workbook and finds that there is no formatting.  

What causes this?
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by:Alan_White
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What verison of Excel does the recipient have?

What format are you saving your Excel workbook in?

I think is very unlikley that Outlook is doing anything to the attachment.  Have you tried zipping it first to disprove this?
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Hi brothertruffle880

Perhaps a work around:
Have you tried protecting the excel file?

In excel 2007 go to Review tab and select Protect sheet. There you can protect your format and add a password.
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You wouldn't happen to be saving to an earlier version by default?
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Sender and receiver are both using Office 2007.
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Okay, but what format is the Excel file saved as?
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2007 format.
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So, can we go step by step and see where it goes wrong?

User creates the speadsheet, with formatting etc.
Saves it, closes Excel.  Opens it again.  Is it correct?

User attaches it to email in Outlook and sends to themselves.  Is it correct?

User attaches it to email and send internally.

User attaches it to email and send externally.

User zips up the original XLSX file and repeats steps above.  

Let us know which ones are okay and which are not.
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