Excel files are saved in different formats and sometimes due to non-avilailbility of the recognized format, the excel file(s) remains inaccessile and pops-up an error, “This file is not in a recognizable format”. There could be other reasons as well but the chances of their occurance are fewer.
These reasons are the broad classification under which one can easliy understand the reasons of the inaccessibilityof the excel files. However, the intresting factor that brings the unrecognized format error is the format in which the excel file was saved while working. For instance, if the user is working in MS Office 95 and is determined to access the file in MS Office 2016, then there are possibiities that the concerned excel file will not get open or some of its elements may remian non-functional.
As Microsoft Works is a discontinued office suit, when the user tries to open a file which was developed by using Microsoft 3.0 or 4.0 in Excel 2000 or 2002 then because of compatibility issues one is not prohibited from doing so.
Also if you open it as a text file, then also you will not be able to read it. In order to open such file through Excel 2000 or 2002 version, one can follows these steps:
|Windows 2.0/DOS SS||WKS|
|Excel 4.0/5.0 SS||XLS|
When user has created the file using newer versions of Office like 2007 or 2010 versions (XLSX files) and tries to open it through Office 2003 (Pro) version, then such kind of error is generated. Sometimes the error is also not resolved using MS Office Compatibility Pack. Hence, following these steps will resolve error in such situation:
In case you are opening a damaged or corrupted Excel file (XLS and XLSX), then the error is generated which does not allow you to open the file.
Such corrupted files could be repaired using Excel built-in repair function. If the Built-in repair function fails to do so, one can opt for various professional tools available like third party Excel Repair tool which are capable to repair severely corrupted Excel files. Free trial version of it is also available which can be downloaded for free.