I have Office 365 Home.

I have an Excel file consisting of a table of numeric data and a chart representation of this data. The file was created and last saved with Excel 2016.
Then when I got a notification about an Office update the file wouldn't save anymore, giving me the following error message:

"Errors were detected while saving [filename]. Microsoft Excel may be able to save the file by repairing or removing some features. To make the repairs in a new file, click Continue. To cancel saving the file, click Cancel."

Excel wasn't able to repair the file. I assumed a bug had snuck in with the updated version, but apparently the update hadn't even installed yet. I had version 16.0.8229.2103, and updated to the most recent version, 16.0.8326.2059.

Roan T of Microsoft suggested that I run the Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.2, which I did, but it didn't report any issues.

How to reproduce

I have Office installed on 2 computers, and the bug appears on both installations and is easy to reproduce.

Create a small table of numeric data, select it and insert a chart. (I used a scatter chart, but the problem pops up with other chart types too.) Then format at least one cell in the table as numeric with at least 3 decimal places. Try to save the spreadsheet.

That when I get the error message. Can anyone please try this on his/her computer to see whether the bug is consistent?
Try to save in the default "Excel Workbook (*.xlsx)"; saving as .xls doesn't cause the issue.

The bug may not show on every installation; though I know I'm not the only one. Is there a fix for this?

I tried both running Excel in safe mode and repair. No avail.

update 2017-08-03
At least 1 other person could reproduce it on version 8326.2062, but only on Windows 10. On Windows 7 there was no error.

  • Can you provide the actual data? I got 1,2,3,4,5 all in A1 to A5, and then some random numbers (between 0-99) in B1 to B5, and created a scatter plot as you said, Formatted B1 to "Numeric" with 3 decimal values, and it saves without issue. I am on Excel 16.0.8229.2086 (32-bit) - not sure if that make a difference? – Darius Aug 1 '17 at 6:57
  • @Darius - I used 1, 2 and 3 in column A, and 10, 4 and 5 in column B, but I get the error with any set of values. I formatted the 10 as 10.000, but also here it doesn't really matter which number you pick. I guess it has to do with your version being slightly older, or even the 32-bit (I thought I have 64-bit; where can I see that?). Anyway, thanks for your time. – stevenvh Aug 1 '17 at 7:04
  • If you click on File - Account - "About Excel" - it will open the About Microsoft Excel, and the top line will say what version (and 32/64 bit). I'll see if I can update it to your particular version and get the same bug. EDITED to add: I tried with your data, and same steps, add data, make scatterplot, format 10 to 3 decimal places, and save - still no error. – Darius Aug 1 '17 at 7:06
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    @stevenvh, it's a meta tag. A "bug" could refer to most of the questions on the site without really differentiating anything (and people would use it for useless decoration). We don't have any experts in bugs. :-) – fixer1234 Aug 1 '17 at 8:28
  • Are you saving this file locally or onto a network? Also, what are your locale settings? Under region in control panel. I wonder if something there has made this occur – Dave Aug 1 '17 at 8:30

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