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Error when placing an .xlsx file into InDesign

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Mar 18, 2019

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Indesign keeps giving me the following error when I try to place an Excel (.xlsx) file into an inDesign textbox:

"Cannot place this file. No filter found for requested operation."

I am using a new Mac computer, a paid version of Adobe CC suite, and all programs are the latest versions. I have also tried re-downloading the applications and restarting the computer. Nothing works.

Can someone please help me troubleshoot this? Alternatively, if there is another way of importing an Excel sheet to an inDesign document I'd like to know. Thanks!

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Error when placing an .xlsx file into InDesign

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Mar 18, 2019

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Indesign keeps giving me the following error when I try to place an Excel (.xlsx) file into an inDesign textbox:

"Cannot place this file. No filter found for requested operation."

I am using a new Mac computer, a paid version of Adobe CC suite, and all programs are the latest versions. I have also tried re-downloading the applications and restarting the computer. Nothing works.

Can someone please help me troubleshoot this? Alternatively, if there is another way of importing an Excel sheet to an inDesign document I'd like to know. Thanks!

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Please post exact versions, never "latest" thanks. Also the version of Mac OS and Excel.

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Community Beginner ,
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Indesign Version 14.0.0.130

MacOS Mojave Version 10.14.3

Excel Sheet is downloaded from Google Docs as a .xlsx file

(Sorry, and thanks!)

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Mar 18, 2019

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Hi meaganthibeault ,

I suggest to first update to the latest available version of InDesign CC 2019 14.0.1.209 with CC Desktop app.

Or you could sign in to Adobe Prerelease where you can test a new bug fix version 14.0.2.324:

1. Go to https://www.adobeprerelease.com

2. Log in with your Adobe Id.

3. Once logged in, search for “InDesign CC Prerelease” program in the list.

4. Click on the program to join the same.

5. You can now download the build (14.0.2.324) from “Builds and Plugins” section on the page.

6. The steps for installing the build can be found in the release notes

Regards,
Uwe

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meaganthibeault  wrote

Excel Sheet is downloaded from Google Docs as a .xlsx file

Hi Megan,

Open the spreadsheet in Excel and do a save as with a new name. Does it work now? It could be an issue with Google docs.

You could also try saving it as .csv which is text only, no formatting.

Jane

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Seconded!

This has always been a problem with applications saving as Excel.

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Thank you, it's a great idea   As I don't own the Excel program I am still waiting to try this method, but will update when I do.

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Thank you. Prerelease is very good to know about! I will try it.

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I had this problem... i had downloaded a .xlsx file from the internet, but it wouldnt link. I fixed it by opening the file in excel first, clicking the box to 'Enable Editing', saved the file again, then link the file as usual - this fixed the problem for me.

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Hi anders1156 ,

unfortunately our OP meaganthibeault  does not own Microsoft Excel.

Regards,
Uwe

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Worked like a charm! I simply opened it in excel and saved it again.

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The funny thing is, most of the people running into this issue are having this problem precisely because they are trying to work around owning Excel. 

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