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Hi Dear Bob
I have an important excel file that it seems its corrupted.
The file name is ~$filename.xlsx and its size is just 1 KB.
How i can have original version of this file?
Thanks in advance,

A file name that begins with ~ is usually an indication that it's open somewhere. In any case, corrupted files are incredibly difficult to remove the corruption because it's nearly impossible to know where that corruption is. Best bet is to try to open it in the latest version (2013) and accept any changes it "sees". When I have a corrupted file, I revert to a prior version (we ALWAYS keep versions), because using the corruption is useless. Sorry I can't be more help.  
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Bob Umlas


I`m a Microsoft Excel MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and have been since the inception of the program in 1995. I can answer every kind of Excel question except: API, Importing/exporting to other programs (powerpoint, word,...) Also check out my in-person training link at


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