Importing Excel files with "select ranges in Excel" fails
Thread poster: Vito Smolej

Vito Smolej
Germany
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Jan 6, 2016

On importing Excel files, I have been using extensively the feature in "Document import settings" that allows one to select ranges in the Excel. Since recently however the option "select ranges in Excel" returns with "Failed to open file" message box. This happens

i) for different Excel file extensions (xls, xlsx)
ii) for different (and all) excel files
iii) different filter (plain excel and excel for .... 2013) in the settings
iv) both for MemoQ 2014 R2 and 2015 (! - both performed correctly and as expected week or two ago)

The Office version used is office professional 2016, installed middle of December - saying MemoQ worked correctly already with this version (could of course be some silent upgrade, who th knows...)

remains only my (oh well, yes, I know, well, can we stick to the subject?) windows 10 OS as a possible source of "misunderstandings". I tried compatibility set-up for "as suggested" and for win7, without any effect.

Note that I can work around by typing in the range(s) (e.g. Sheet!B200:B255) but that sucks - I know and like the rationale for "Select ranges in Excel" - and miss it.

"When everything else fails" suggestion by Kilgray - "Deinstall MemoQ and reinstall it again" just does not make much sense in this situation.

Any suggestions?

TiA

smo

PS: no, the excel files are not R/O. And, no, I do not have them opened while doing the import.


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Andriy Yasharov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
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Multilingual delimited text filter Jan 6, 2016

Instead of Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013 filter try using the multilingual delimited text filter selected from a drop-down list during import of an Excel file. Then press Change filter and configuration and select Columns tab. Then you can select which columns must be translated.

I use memoQ 7.8.116 and if I need to use Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013 filter, the Select ranges in Excel option is there in Importable ranges and general options tab.


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Vito Smolej
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Practical workaround - Thx! Jan 7, 2016

As my excel files always have a column "translated", where I initially place the source text, the suggestion works nicely. THX!

I still - of course - would welcome suggestions, how to solve the problem of failing "select ranges in Excel" feature in ExCel filters.

Regards

smo


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Leopoldo Gurman
Argentina
Local time: 14:26
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Check the files path Jul 15, 2017

Hi Vito,

I've run into the same problem you have and thought I'd post my solution (took a while to figure it out). The error message isn't very helpful but it describes the problem perfectly: memoQ can't open the file. Next time you encounter this issue, try moving the file to a location with a shorter path, it did the trick for me.

Leo


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