Inability to import Excel data with xlsx or xlsm extensions


  • Inability to import Excel data with xlsx or xlsm using Microsoft Project Standard V14 Import Wizard.   

    Get error message"Project cannot recognize this file format. Do you want to open this file in text only?"   when using xlsm.

    Nothing  no wizard or data when when trying xlsx.

    Windows XP/Office 2007. SP1 for MSP2010 installed.

    Thank you in advance.   Pete

    Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:49 PM


All replies

  • Hi Pete,

    Refer to following similar posts :

    Sapna S

    Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:14 PM
  • Sapna,

    Thank you for the quick response.   The issues stated in the posts does not apply in my situation.  Added note:Only Excel with xls extensions work for me.   Converting xlsm to xls is not an option for me.  

    I should ask.  Can someone tell me if there were able to import Excel files with xlsm extension.     Thank you

    Pete H

    • Edited by PeteHammer Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:55 PM
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:42 PM
  • Pete H --
    No, it is not possible to import Excel files with either the xlsx or the the xlsm file extension.  This is simply a limitation of the Import/Export Wizard.  Sorry.  Hope this helps.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    • Marked as answer by PeteHammer Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:42 PM
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:31 PM
  • Dale, 

    Thank you for response.  Yes, it helps.  Now I know I need another option or workaround.  Thanks,

    Pete Hammerschmidt

    Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:49 PM
  • Dale,

    I'm not sure how this helps.  I have over 300 projects in an xlsm file that I created from scratch in Excel 2010.  Project 2013 gives the error message noted in the original post.

    So how is it helpful to know that MS in their infinite wisdom doesn't support importing from a fairly current version of Excel into Project 2013?



    Friday, August 23, 2013 10:24 PM
  • Rod --

    I do not work for Microsoft.  I am a volunteer in this forum and I simply reported how the tool actually works, even though that obviously does not please you.  Hope this helps.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]

    Saturday, August 24, 2013 6:56 PM
  • For clarification, Project 2013 will import xlsx files not xlsm files.  The Excel macros will not function in Project so they will be of no use to you.
    Sunday, August 25, 2013 1:34 PM
  • How stupid is this??? takes hours to find this out (if true), whay isn't this clearly stated in the wizard and/or error message.
    Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:24 AM