Opening an XML File in Excel


We have an XML file that we would like to open in Excel.  We have tried two methods.  Both have failed.

First, we tried opening Excel, browsing out to the file, and simply opening the file.  But, upon trying to do so and using one of the suggested methods, we get an error saying "cannot load the specified XML".

Also, we have tried opening the XML file by opening Excel, choosing "Data", "Get Data", "From File", and "From XML", we get the error message "XML processing failed...Data at the root level is invalid".

How can we, then, open an XML file in Excel?

Thank you!

John EllisAsked:
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Mike in ITIT System AdministratorCommented:
It sounds like the xml file you are trying to open doesn't have the correct header information that Excel is expecting. You could try opening it with something like Notepad++ and using the XML Tools plugin to format it and see if something is missing at the top.

It might be missing some part of the header like:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

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John EllisAuthor Commented:
Thank you, for pointing that out, Mike!  Much appreciated!

Besides formatting the file, though, is there another means of doing this?

Thanks, again!

Mike in ITIT System AdministratorCommented:
Formatting the file just makes it easier to find and correct any format related errors. If you know XML really well you could probably do it without the formatting, but formatting and syntax highlighting will make it much easier.

I know that Notepad++ has built-in syntax highlighting for XML, the XML Tools is a plugin though that you will have to get in addition to Notepad++.
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John EllisAuthor Commented:

I still would like an easier way of doing this.  Is there a free tool that is downloadable perhaps that can open an XML file?

I suppose this does not have to be done in Excel.  I just want to be able to view the data in the file a lot easier than what is offered by opening the file in, say, Notepad.

Thanks, again, for your thoughts!

Mike in ITIT System AdministratorCommented:
Notepad++ is free, but it is just a notepad. If you do a search in Google for "XML viewer free" there are several options that you could try. Not sure exactly what would work best for you.
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