In this article, we will learn what to do if compatibility mode is not responding in Excel. Compatibility mode is a very important mode in Excel. We can use the same Excel file in various versions of Excel for this compatibility mode. But, compatibility mode may not work sometimes due to some issues. So, without delay, let’s explore the reason behind not responding to compatibility mode with solutions
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What Is Compatibility Mode in Excel?
Compatibility mode is a way that an Excel file can be viewed. When an Excel file is saved to an older version than the current one, it goes into compatibility mode. When a file is in compatibility mode, it may not be able to show all kinds of data and formulas correctly. For example, if you save a new feature in Excel 365, it might not work with Excel 2016 or Excel 2013. Because of this, every Excel user needs to check and change the compatibility mode.
2 Reasons with Solutions for Excel Compatibility Mode Not Responding Issue
For demonstrating the steps we will use the following dataset. The dataset contains information about the sales of a shop. In the scenario, the Excel file is saved in older versions of Excel (i.e., Excel 1997 to 2003). After opening the workbook, you see the workbook name at the top of the workbook in file name – Compatibility Mode format.
Reason 1: MS Office Is Not Working
Excel can sometimes get stuck when you open a file from a previous version. This could happen if MS Office crashed. It can also happen if you are using a cracked version of MS Office and your cracked file goes missing. So, MS Office needs to be repaired.
Solution: Repair MS Office
- Firstly, go to Settings and choose Apps from the option.
- In the next step, the Settings window will open up.
- Then, click on Apps & features in the window.
- After that, look for Microsoft Office in the Apps & features.
- Here, Microsoft Office name can be changed dependent on version to version.
- As we are using version 2019, our app name is below as figure.
- After selecting, click on Modify.
- Later, the repair window will appear.
- Here, select Online Repair > Repair to start the process.
Reason 2: Unable to Edit in Compatibility Mode
Working with the dataset in the Compatible Mode is quite risky. Because we won’t be able to use all the new features in the current versions of Excel. Because of this, sometimes we might not be able to edit the file in compatibility mode. Therefore, we need to switch from Compatibility Mode to Normal Mode.
Solution: Change Compatibility Mode
Now, we will change the file from Compatibility Mode to Normal Mode.
- Firstly, open the file of older version.
- Instantly, you can see that the workbook name has Compatibility Mode just beside the file name.
- Also, you will notice that the Accessibility is showing Unavailable at the bottom which denotes that it is in compatibility mode.
- For converting the mode, we have to go to the File tab on the workbook.
- Instantly, a new window will open up.
- Then, select Info >> Convert from this window.
- This step automatically starts the conversion process.
- After selection, you will be directed to the file location.
- Here, select Excel Workbook as the Save as type to save the file as the current version of Excel.
- Afterward, click on Save.
- After that, you will find a confirmation message.
- Now, click Yes and the conversion process will be completed.
- Finally, observe the Excel worksheet.
- You will see that the Excel file has been converted to Normal Mode.
Read More: How to Convert Old Excel Files to New Format (2 Quick Ways)
How to Fix Compatibility Issues in Excel
Occasionally, you may encounter compatibility difficulties. It usually happens when you use the most recent version of Excel and need to execute a file in an older version of Excel. Fortunately, you can quickly identify and resolve these difficulties by using Excel’s Compatibility Checker. As a result, follow the steps outlined below to ensure a successful operation.
- We will use the following Excel file created on Microsoft Office 2019 version.
- So, we will convert this file to MS Office 1997-2003 version to that we can access the file in very older generations of MS Office.
- Firstly, select the File tab on the workbook.
- Instantly, a new window will open up.
- After that, we will select the Info option in the present window.
- Now, in the Info window, select Check Compatibility from the Inspect Workbook drop-down menu.
- Now, the Compatibility Checker window will turn up.
- Here, we want access of older-generation MS Office.
- For this reason, click on the drop-down menu of Select versions to show.
- Then, unselect every version except Excel 1997–2003.
- Now, the window will show the issues.
- However, you can check the details of your issue from the Help option.
- In the following step, we will save this file.
- Therefore, hit the F12 key to open the Save As dialog box.
- Now, select Excel 97–2003 Workbook from Save as type to save as that type of Excel file.
- Then, click Save.
- After saving, the previous message box can be seen.
- Press Continue to access the file.
- Now, you can easily open this Excel file in older 1997-2003 generation Excel App.
How to Open Excel in Safe Mode
Sometimes, there might have been some issues regarding opening an Excel file. You can open the Excel file in Safe Mode. Let’s see the steps below to open Excel in safe mode:
- Suppose, we want to open the following Fix Compatibility Mode named file.
- So, select the file.
- After that, hold on the Ctrl button and press Enter.
- Then, the following message box will open up and we will click Yes.
- As a result, Microsoft Excel will open the file in safe mode.
- You can see Safe Mode on your workbook name on the top toolbar.
Read More: How to Remove Compatibility Mode in Excel (2 Easy Ways)
In this article, we have demonstrated step-by-step procedures to fix the problem of Excel Compatibility Mode not Responding. There is a practice workbook at the beginning of the article. Go ahead and give it a try. To read similar articles, check out the ExcelDemy website. Last but not least, please use the comment section below to post any questions or make any suggestions you might have.