Article ID: 264660
When you open a saved Microsoft Visio drawing, you receive the following error message:
When you click OK, you receive the following error message:
An error (100) occurred during the action Open File. - Visio cannot open the file because it's not a Visio file.
Visio cannot open the file because it's not a Visio file.
This behavior can occur if either of the following conditions is true:
The information and shapes in a damaged (corrupted) drawing can seldom be recovered.
The best way to protect yourself against the data loss that results from a damaged drawing is to keep backup copies of your diagrams. As an alternate to keeping a separate backup copy, you can work with a copy of the Visio drawing, instead of the original. To do this, follow these steps:
Microsoft has made available a supported, post-Visio 2000 SR-1 fix that corrects the potential Suspend mode problem. Microsoft Visio U.S. English or International English edition of SR-1 must be installed on each computer to which you apply this update. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278261/EN-US/ )Visio2000: Error 100 When You Open a Drawing After Abnormal Termination
IMPORTANT: This fix is preventative and does not recover a damaged or corrupted drawing.
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Article ID: 264660 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
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