Sharepoint issue

This week I was digging in to Share Point. While reviewing the basics, a user discovered an issue with one of her excel sheets. At first the user received an error stating “The workbook could not be opened.” After testing by double checking access and attempting to re-upload the file I was dumbfounded. Then when trying to open the file I got a completely different error message describing the real problem. “We’re sorry. We can’t open the workbook in the browser because it uses these unsupported features: Sheet Protection.” At that point the issue was clear. Someone had password protected one of the sheets on the workbook.


The solution was to download the file, un-protect it, and then upload the file again. To un-protect a file in Excel 2010/2013 select the review tab and select un-protect sheet. A password may be needed if the user who protected it added a password. This resolved the issue after upload and the users were able to view the file again.

June 24, 2013 by Abe Varughese Category: General IT 0 comments

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