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Excel File Remediation Tool

Many companies have been using spreadsheets for decades. Sometimes spreadsheet models may go back as much as 20 years, when the first steps were taken to build them, sometimes using Lotus 123 or other spreadsheet applications.

More often than not, these (often business critical) models have been extended considerably over the years:

My customer (who had already been in contact with Microsoft premium support about these issues without getting resolutions) asked me whether it would be possible to build a wizard-like tool to salvage this kind of files. Even better: to remove possible corruptions entirely, without damaging the integrity of the spreadsheet model, without removing formatting and also making sure any VBA code is retained.


Buy The Excel File Remediation Tool now!

A single user license costs € 75 ($ 80) excluding VAT.


Use the link below to download the tool.

Download The Excel File Remediation Utility (Free demo!!!) V2.0 (Build 121, Updated Oct 2, 2017, downloaded: 1,874 times)

The tool will work without a license code but with (only slightly) limited functionality. After purchasing a license, you can simply enter the license code into the tool's settings dialog. The limitations will be removed instantly.

Money back guarantee

If you are in any way dissatisfied with The Excel File Remediation Utility , contact me within 30 days after your purchase and I'll issue a refund.

User interface

The menu of the tool is shown below.

Menu of remediation tool, Support version

These screenshots show the steps of the wizard.

First Step: file selection.

First Step: file selection (Support).

 Next step: what actions must be performed:

Next step: what actions must be performed (Support):

Last step: What statistics must be gathered:

Last step: What statistics must be gathered (Support):

Buy The Excel File Remediation Tool now!

Since remediation may be a lengthy process, the tools shows its progress. Note that the progress indicator has a stop button, with which the process may be exited.

Remediation progress (Support)

My customer has repeatedly confirmed this tool has proven to be an invaluable time-saver, which has enabled them to salvage business critical files, they otherwise had to consider as being lost.

Buy The Excel File Remediation Tool now!



Showing last 8 comments of 26 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Alister (7/8/2013 10:46:46 AM)

Hi .. I have a file that gets the following error when saved in Excel 1997-2003. However I have deleted all defined names and their appears to be no external links. Have you come across this problem and how to remove the error from the file. I can send file if required.

"Some formulas in this workbook are linked to other workbooks that are closed. When these formulas are recalculated in earlier versions of Excel without opening the linked workbooks, characters beyond the 255-character limit cannot be returned. Defined Name"


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (7/8/2013 4:12:55 PM)

Hi Alister,

Download my free name manager from and use it to filter for names with external references. That way you'll be able to locate which are causing havoc.


Comment by: Alister (7/8/2013 5:40:18 PM)

Your 'Name Manager' add-on worked fantastically. It found a hidden Defined Name that I could not delete because Excel 2007 would not show it in the list. Using 'Name Manager' I was then able to delete the name and thus solved the problem. Many thanks for such a useful and powerful program.


Comment by: Paul D Pruitt (7/31/2013 9:51:45 PM)

Jan, as I reported in my E-mail, my open source tool, S2 Recovery Tools for Microsoft Excel, has been updated moving from version 3 to 4 with new features. Maybe your customers will find it useful:


Also there is another free tool they might try:

* - the desktop versions. There is also a WIndows 8 app version.


Comment by: Thomas (11/10/2016 12:15:50 PM)


Your tool is great, I now work from an MacBook with OSx and can't install the remediation tool.

Do you have a Mac version available?




Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/14/2016 9:13:50 AM)

Hi Thomas,

I'm afraid this is a Windows-only tool, sorry!


Comment by: Wade Kathage (2/3/2018 5:11:45 AM)

Is this tool compatible with Windows 10 and Excel 2016?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/4/2018 12:14:22 PM)

Hi Wade,

Yes it is!


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