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asked 2014-09-25 14:31:18 +0200

baniza gravatar image

updated 2020-08-02 14:36:19 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image


When I try to open one of my spreadsheets, the message "Read-Error. Format error discovered in the file in sub-document content.xml at 2,8549(row,col)" shows up and it doesn`t open.

I tried opening it with Excel, but it didnt work aswell. Unfortunately I didn`t make a backup.

Can anybody help me with that problem ?


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Which OS? Which spreadsheet fileformat? Please provide more details.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2014-09-25 15:02:19 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-10-08 14:59:48 +0200

Anna Burchardt gravatar image - it seams this answer works for some, but unfortunately not for me. I cannot find the content.xml document.

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answered 2014-10-11 11:27:52 +0200

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@Anna You need to download 2 tools to manipulate the file with the error. Search for '7-zip' and 'Notepad++' in Google and install them on your Windows computer. Right click now on the error file and select 7-zip -> Open. This window shows the content of the file - some folders and some files. One of the files is content.xml - right click on that and select Edit. Normally Windows notepad will open - but I prefer Notepad++, so go the options menu in 7-Zip and change this. Notepad++ use colour syntax and cursor-position. Place the cursor on the error position in Notepad++ and syntax-coloring will colour the start-tag and end-tag light blue. If it is about some formatting so just delete the whole tag around the error. Save the file and close Notepad++ , accept 7-zip updating the content.xml in the error file. Finally just close 7-zip and you should now be able to open the file with Calc.

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