Microsoft Office Excel is an application used to create, edit and maintain featured spreadsheets. If any of its files suffers serious error such as that can cause the application to unexpectedly crash, Microsoft Office adds the file to list of disabled files. You cannot directly open such files. Moreover, you might find these files as corrupted after you enable these files. You should use your recent file backup to restore the lost information. But if backup gives errors, you find it invalid to use or no backup is present, use of excel repair applications can scan and repair the damaged file.

You might receive the below mentioned error message while attempting top open an Excel file:

“The document ‘Filename’ caused a serious error the last time it was opened. Would you like to continue opening it?”

You cannot open this file.


This error occurs if the file to be opened is added to the disabled files for MS Office program.


To fix such issues, you need to enable the file and hence remove it from the list of disabled files:

o If you are using Microsoft Excel 2003 or an earlier version, you should click the Help menu and then About Microsoft Office Excel. You then need to opt for Disabled Items, select the affected file and click Enable.

o In Microsoft Office Excel 2007, you need to click Microsoft Office Button and click Microsoft Excel Options and then Add-ins tab. You can then select the Disabled Items of Manage list. Click Go and opt for the affected file and click Enable.

You can then try opening the file. If the file still doesn’t open, it might be corrupted. Thus, if a valid and clean file backup is available, use it to restore the file. But if you don’t have any valid backup, you can use commercial excel repair applications.

Excel Repair software are read-only tools that can scan and repair a damaged Excel file using powerful scanning algorithms. Such software come equipped with interactive interface and advanced recovery features to facilitate easy recovery.

Stellar Phoenix Excel Recovery is comprehensive Excel Recovery software for damaged files. It is an advanced repair excel tool with support to Excel 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. It can restore all file objects including macros, charts, tables, graphs, formulas etc. It is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000 and NT.