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Article ID: 171279

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171279


When you open a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) document in Microsoft Excel 97, you may receive the following error message:

File error. Some number formats may have been lost.

You receive this error message even if you saved the HTML document from Microsoft Excel 97 by clicking Save As HTML on the File menu.


This problem occurs if the HTML document contains any styles that use "[dquote]" or "[squote]," as in the following example:

   STYLE="$* #,##0_)[semicolon]_($* (#,##0)
   [semicolon]_($* [dquote]-[dquote]_)[semicolon]_(@_)"


To correct this problem, install Microsoft Excel 97 Service Release 1 (SR-1) and open the file.

To work around this problem, replace the strings in the HTML file with the appropriate character as in the following table.

   Replace         With This Character
   [dquote]                  "
   [squote]                  '


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Excel 97. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Excel 97 SR-1.


When you create an HTML file that may be opened in Microsoft Excel 97, you can force Microsoft Excel 97 to apply specific number formats to values in the HTML file by using a STYLE tag. The following is an example of a STYLE tag:


In this case, the number format that Microsoft Excel applies to the value is the following:


When you open an HTML file that contains such a tag, Microsoft Excel 97 automatically applies the format to the value to which the tag is attached.

If the number format in Microsoft Excel contains quotation marks (") or apostrophes ('), and if you export a worksheet to an HTML file by clicking Save As HTML on the File menu, the tag in the HTML file contains [dquote] or [squote] instead of the quotation mark or apostrophe characters.

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