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Opening Excel 95

When trying to open some Excel files I get the following message:

This Excel files contains BIFF7(Excel95 or earlier file format) records

This is how I am trying to open the file:

objDoc = new Workbook();


I have also tried different formats (FileFormatType ) and have gotten the same results.

Many thanks,


Hi Ryan,

Thanks for considering Aspose.

Aspose.Cells only supports Excel97-Excel2003 file formats. Your file is of BIFF7 format which is related to Excel95 or earlier versions. You have to convert it to BIFF8 or greater formats (Excel97-Excel2003 format) and then open the file with Aspose.Cells APIs.

Kindly use MS Excel to open your excel file and save it as "Microsoft Excel Workbook". Note: Your MS Excel should be Excel97-2003.


Amjad Sahi

Aspose Nanjing Team


We recommend you to kindly try upgrading to and use latest version of the product which includes support for older BIFF7 (Excel 95/5.0 - 2003 Workbook) formats with enhancements now:

Also, see the document for supported input and output file formats by Aspose.Cells: