The specified file is not a valid spreadsheet or contains no data to import

This short article is repointing to with image captured from the Internet Explorer 11. In the article on the previous URL, it was IE 8 and posted 2009. Somehow Microsoft does not change the error message for better understanding the problem. 

When you add an app in Office 365 SharePoint Online, choose Import Spreadsheet then you receive an error “The specified file is not a valid spreadsheet or contains no data to import”.


Then you check you Excel file over and over again like me but there is nothing wrong with the Excel file. So I added the site into IE 11 as mentioned in the link above.

To add the link to IE 11.

1. Click Tools -> Internet Options.

2. Click Security -> click sites -> and add the URL



About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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3 Responses to The specified file is not a valid spreadsheet or contains no data to import

  1. Dan Paul says:

    Wow! I wish this worked for me. I have tried this, and the site is already a trusted site. I also tried changing (removing security requirements), all to no avail. I am screwed!

  2. Matt Freestone says:

    Dude, me too! Exact same problem, have done everything above and more, still nothing.

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