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can't get a file open - says may by read-only but it isn't must rescue this data!

Posted by Paul J. Johnson on December 19, 2001 6:33 PM

this is a Excel error message. I have tried everything i know - I do know the data is still there - I tried opening as a copy ect. No virus. Cunsulting service says they can open it and retreve the data for $90/hr (that includs looking as it to tell me how long it may take) Please help.

Posted by Jacob on December 19, 2001 6:40 PM


Can you open it as read only then copy all the sheets to a new workbook? Then you could save the new workbook.

Hope this helps


Posted by Paul J. Johnson on December 19, 2001 7:29 PM

Ooooh Help!

Thanks, that was one of the first fixs I tried, but that returns the same error message.

Posted by David R. Turner on December 21, 2001 10:15 AM

Have you tried rebooting the computer?
If something in memory got 'stuck', you might have that trouble - it happens every now & then to me.