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Excel does not open large file

Posted by: admin March 9, 2020 Leave a comment


I am trying to open a CSV file in Excel 2013 but nothing really happens. Excel is just opening without anything visible (just the gray background as you have just closed a workbook).

The CSV file is 2.7GB. I have no idea how many rows that could be, the columns are 30.

I have seen similar problems with quite smaller files which still doesn’t open. No solutions so far…

Thanks 🙂

How to&Answers:

For info, these are the limits for Excel 2013, so it looks like you will need to split your input file and examine it in sections – that’s especially true if you are on 32-bit because Excel expects to have only 500 – 700 Mb free for data in a 2GB address space.

If it helps, Google found the Large Text File Viewer, which may be a useful alternative.


I would like to add some points that might help you now and for the future.

You answered in comment that you want to load the csv file to a database. I would recommend you if it’s possible to use an SSIS package. You could do this without actually open the file. Inside the package you can also edit your characters and transform your data before you insert it in the database. Of course you could do this after the insertion in your SQL queries.


total commander has a fiture for splitting files.
try to use it