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I have a very large excel 2007 file that will not open correctly lately.  Is there a program (preferably free) that can fix this?  It is like 60MB in size.
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[ fanpages ]IT Services ConsultantCommented:
What precisely occurs that leads you to the conclusion that the workbook "will not open correctly lately"?

Do you see any error or warning messages, or is functionality restricted, or are any elements of the workbook absent, or any other indication that may help us to offer suitable steps to resolve your issue?
mkramer777Author Commented:
Sorry to not be more specific.  The file does eventually open after several minutes.  When I make a change it takes about a minute to save.  This just started to happen to this file last week.  Before that it would open much quicker and changes would save right away.
[ fanpages ]IT Services ConsultantCommented:
When the file opened/saved without the long delay, was it smaller in size, say, less than 50MB?

Have you recently added any (auto)filtering, or embedded any documents/graphic images inside a worksheet, or possibly a data connection to an external database, or even a link to an external workbook file?

Does the workbook contain any Visual Basic for Applications (or "Macros") code?

Is the file located (&, hence, re-saved) on a local hard drive, an external local hard drive/memory stick, or within a folder on a remote/network drive?
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mkramer777Author Commented:
It is saved locally and a copy of the file I saved 3 months ago shows it at 58MB.  There are no VB or macros. No added images or external databases.
Roy CoxGroup Finance ManagerCommented:
Try opening using one of the OpenOffice spreadsheet programs.
Excel keeps a lot of 'extraneous' data in files and it grows over time. If possible try cutting and pasting into a fresh workbook and see if the problem goes away (the 'extra' data will stay with the sheets if you use 'move or copy' at a  tab level). NB: this method works through the clipboard so you might find the data set is too large for a single iteration,

Alternatively try 'Fail Save As and use one of the earlier formats such as 2003 .xls (if you get a warning that some formula won't work in earlier formats abort and try a different one, in theory the formulas WILL be saved under compatibility mode and recreated when you come back so if all else fails its worth a shot).

The idea is that the Save As process drops all the 'extras' so once that's done you can go back to the 'normal' format. Depending on the integrity/criticality of the data you might want to do some regression to prove that the new file holds the same information as the old one - count of cells, column totals etc

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