How To Repair Excel

Microsoft Excel, a part of the Microsoft Office suite, is an incredible tool for managing and analyzing data. But sometimes, Excel files can become corrupted, causing you to lose your data. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to repair Excel and restore your valuable data.

Method 1: Use Excel’s Built-In Repair Tool

Microsoft Excel comes with a built-in repair tool that can fix corrupted files. Here’s how to use it:

  • Open Excel, but don’t open your corrupted file yet.
  • Click on the File tab and then click Open.
  • Locate and select the corrupted file, but don’t open it. Instead, click the arrow next to the Open button and select Open and Repair.

You will find two options:

  • Repair: This option will recover as much of the workbook as possible.
  • Extract Data: This option will extract values and formulas from the workbook. This is useful when Excel can’t recover the file.

Method 2: Try Opening the File in Safe Mode

If the above method doesn’t work, you can try opening your Excel file in Safe Mode. This can often bypass issues caused by add-ins or other factors. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Press Windows + R on your keyboard. This will open the Run dialog box.
  • Type excel /safe in the box and hit Enter. This will open Excel in Safe Mode.
  • Now try opening your corrupted file. If it opens, the problem might be caused by an add-in. You can disable add-ins by going to the File tab, clicking on Options, then Add-Ins.

Method 3: Use a Third-Party Repair Tool

If neither of the above methods work, you might need to use a third-party Excel repair tool. There are many available online, both free and paid. Be sure to choose a reputable one with good reviews and preferably a money-back guarantee.


While Excel is a powerful tool, like any software, it can sometimes run into issues. Thankfully, the methods above can help you repair your corrupted Excel files and get back to your data analysis tasks. Remember always to keep a backup of your files to prevent data loss.