“Excel found unreadable content” error

I was exporting an Excel document using OpenXml, and added a new cell to be added to the export:

Cell newCell = new Cell() { CellReference = “A” + rowIndex };
r.InsertAt(newCell, cellIndex);
newCell.CellValue = new CellValue(item[i].Description);
newCell.DataType = new EnumValue<CellValues>(CellValues.Number);

After making this change, I received the message “Excel found unreadable content in ‘My Excel file.xlsx’. Do you want to recover the contents of the workbook?


The problem was that I was attempting to format the cell as a number when it was actually a string. I modified the line that set the cell DataType, and it was fine:

newCell.DataType = new EnumValue<CellValues>(CellValues.String);

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