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1456919 - Error; Excel found unreadable content... when exporting to Excel file format


  • The report has in excess of 6,000 rows
  • Exporting to Excel format appears to be successful
  • Opening the exported file in Excel results in the error;
Excel found unreadable content in name_of_file.xls. Do you want to recover the contents of this workbook?
  • Allowing "recover the contents of this workbook", results in all formatting being removed from the xls file
  • Report with less rows exports correctly


  • The report had a New Page After option on the detail section enabled
  • This resulted in an xls file that had too many pages for Excel
  • For limits of Excel files, see the Microsoft Office Online documentation; Excel specifications and limits


  • Filter the report data for smaller result set
  • Remove the  New Page After option
  • Export to a different format
  • Note. The number of rows is not the defining variable, number of pages generated is


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