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Is there any way to read from a Protected .xls file?


hi Alteryx Community,


I've had a good look around, but haven't been able to find an answer to this...


One of the files we get from a Client Portal comes down as a Protected .xls file. When we try to connect in Alteryx we get the following


Protected xls.PNG


Firstly we can only see the range 'Print Titles' and not the 'Worksheet name'...and even with this if we try to execute it gives the above error.


Has anyone else had any experience of this...and if so did you find a solution.


If you need anymore information, please let me know


Many Thanks


i never seen this error before

could you please uplaod the sample xl file ?


Many thanks for getting back to me so quickly...and in the attempt to create an 'anonymised' version to post I think I've found the problem!!


So by 'Protected View' is opening in Excel with the following warning


Protected Excel.PNG


initially I thought (wrongly!) this has been the way the file had been set up...however what is actaully the problem is that the file is originally created/saved in 'Excel 3' (I'm no spring-chicken...and I don't remeber this version, so the portal we get the file from must be super-ancient!!). It is actaully Excel that is opening the file in a 'Protected' environment. We can change these in the following setting in Excel Option -> Trust Centre -> Trust Centre Settings


Excel 3 Files Blocked.png


This also means I was unable to re-produce an 'anonymised' version of my file, as Excel won't let me save any earler than Excel 2005 (and rightly so!)


I suspect that the error Alteryx is generating is that the current JET driver can't read such on old file type (usually the issue is not having the latest driver...this one is that the driver isn't old enough!!). However we're not (even if we could find such an old driver) roll it back just for this file. We'll probably try to speak with the Portal owner, or re-save the files as part of the process prior to bringing into Alteryx


I'll leave this post up in case anyone else has a similar error.


Thanks again


Sometimes it just a help to talk/think through the problem!!