Mac OS X / Excel problem - recovered file causing endless crashing
December 4, 2008 4:00 AM Subscribe
Mac OS X / Microsoft Office 2004 (Excel) crash and failed file recovery has left excel in an endless loop of restore and crash. Can anyone help me to find and delete the (unwanted) auto-saved excel sheet that is causing this problem?
posted by urban greeting to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
The problem started when I imported a tab-delimited text file into excel. Upon import the entire program crashed with an error message "SYLK: file format is not valid". On it's own that would not be a big deal, and some googling suggests that it is a fairly common problem when dealing with non-excel formatted sheets, but the problem does not end there.
When I attempt to restart excel it 'helpfully' attempts to recover my file (whether I tick the "recover my work" check box or not) and then continues to be felled by the same bug/error and after displaying the "SYLK: file format is not valid" error it then exits again.
I am happy to lose the recovered file completely, but I don't know where to find it or how to force excel to ignore it. The file name that seems to be crashing it is "Workbook3 (version 1).xls [Recovered]". I have searched in Spotlight and (perhaps predictably) can't find anything by that name.
Any and all help gratefully received!