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boredofeducation Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a numbers spreadsheet that I can't open. I was able to input it and modify it without any problems. Now it won't open.

It says, "Spreadsheet can't be opened."

Any ideas?

Thx

iPad
  • 1. Re: Spreadsheet can't be opened
    boredofeducation Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I forgot to mention it's on an iPad.
  • 2. Re: Spreadsheet can't be opened
    jaxjason Level 4 Level 4 (3,325 points)
    I have had this issue one time now when a file locked up. I figured it was because I had too many image files and maxed out memory or something.

    I started keeping a working copy, either duplicate and work on that one, or use the export on the one I know is good so I can restore if it locks up again.

    Jason
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    markosb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Did you ever figure this out. I just had this happen to me, on a spreadsheet I created on the iPad.
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    boredofeducation Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I had to uninstall numbers and reinstall it. And now I just backup my files frequently.
  • 5. Re: Spreadsheet can't be opened
    markosb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That *****... its only happening to the file I created not the imported xls files. I wish I was joilbroken, I could pull the file at least. If it didn't take so much time to create I wouldn't care lol. Now I have to remember the data I entered the last two times, which wont be easy. Itunes backup the files, but... since itunes has a problem with backing up on my computer, I don't have 2-4 hours to wait for it to finish... so I can't resort to restoring.

    You would think the files would be synced to your computer and backuped accordingly, its yet another major oversight by Apple and a reason business won't take a device like the iPad seriously.
  • 6. Re: Spreadsheet can't be opened
    markosb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Question... when you say you backup frequently... do you mean with itunes and sync or exporting the numbers file? It ***** being on Windows with no way to open a numbers file, but at least the data will be in another place.

    Markos
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    jaxjason Level 4 Level 4 (3,325 points)
    I have gotten in the habit of going back to my documents in the apps and exporting to the shared folder. That way if I have another lock up, I can restore from that location.

    Jason
  • 8. Re: Spreadsheet can't be opened
    markosb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So export it to email... so its on my desktop then use itunes to import it?

    Thank for the assistance, I don't want to have this happen again, I was only missing 3 entries this time, it could have been much worse. I use another program to put entries in as well, but I neglected it, so I pay the price for being a little lazy. Its only a pain cause of the re-entry along with formatting the document. I don't have a Mac so I don't have numbers, for the little I do with a spreadsheet it works quite well. I have Mariner Calc as well, but that is for things I need to be in xls format.

    Thanks again.
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    ikumquat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just experienced a "Spreadsheet can't be opened" blunder that was created on my iPad. Basically a budget type spreadsheet with addition, division & averaging functions. Entered large amounts of figures with numerous tabs. Nothing sophisticated. I have two documents in the Numbers App. The one I created that could not be opened and Apple's "Tap to Get Started with Numbers" which could be opened with no problems. I can't even Export, Share via iWorks or Send via email. When I attempt to export, I receive "Spreadsheet couldn't be exported. An error occurred", When I attempt to Share via iWorks, the Numbers App just shuts down and when I attempt to Send via email, I receive "An error occurred while creating the attachment". Are there any solutions in salvaging my created spreadsheet? Fingers crossed. Thanks.
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    jaxjason Level 4 Level 4 (3,325 points)
    If your going to uninstall the app and reinstall to fix these problems, FIRST sync with your computer and save your files to your desktop. My ioad removed all my files when I uninstalled. Since I had not saved back to my commuter I lost all of them.

    Jason
  • 11. Re: Spreadsheet can't be opened
    SoCal.2011 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, this is a major BUG in the program !  It has been going on for over a year and Apple still hasn't fixed the bug.  It is so disappointing that they can still sell this app when it has this CRITICAL bug in the software !!  I've called Apple and left feedback on their support page.  On the call, they told me all programs have BUGS - really, that's your answer after I've lost all my data to a known bug that has been around for a year !!  And another response on the phone, "I get hundreds of calls and I haven't heard of this problem.". -- have you heard of GOOGLE ??  First place I checked for a solution  - hundreds of complaints on this BUG for over a year now -- very sad Apple, very, very disappointing...

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    rachelfrombasingstoke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    add me to this list

     

    very frustrating

    do not know how to retrieve the spreadshhet

     

    any ideas anyone?

     

    if I knew about this bug I would have used paper and pen

  • 13. Re: Spreadsheet can't be opened
    olester Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem here.  If I had known this 2 months ago I wouldn't have wasted my money on an Ipad 2.

  • 14. Re: Spreadsheet can't be opened
    AwsmSteve Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Any updates?  I ran into this issue today with Pages, so I restored my iPad from backup.  It did NOT fix the Pages issue.  In fact, it ruined Numbers as well.  Over 50 documents with very important data have been wiped out.  These documents are no longer in iCloud, nor are they accessible from my iPhone anymore.

     

    When these products first came out, I was like "Great! I'll never lose any of my work again!"  Yeah, right...  This one issue has lost more of my work than all of my previous computer problems over the last 20 years combined......

     

     

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