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Question

How to fix the error: “Unable to read file”

Reason
When you try to open a workbook with PivotTable report in Microsoft Excel, you face this error when the system is unable to read a file. This issue can occur if the AutoSave feature is turned on, the workbook you are opening is unprotected, and you protect and then unprotect a worksheet.

The solution to the problem

Follow the instructions to fix the error: “Unable to read file”:

  1. 1

    If you have not already done so, start Excel.

  2. 2

    On the ‘Tools’ menu, click ‘Options’.

  3. 3

    In the ‘Options’ dialog box, click the ‘Save’ tab.

  4. 4

    Under ‘Settings’, click to clear the ‘Save AutoRecover info every’ check box.

  5. 5

    Click ‘OK’ to close the ‘Options’ dialog box.

Footnotes:

Make sure that you have enabled AutoSave feature on your worksheet to avoid this error. You can also resolve this issue by contacting Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain a supported fix.

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