Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Excel Services is unable to process the request. Wait a few minutes and try performing this operation again."

On a SharePoint 2010 site, when attempting to open Excel files with a .xlsx or .xlsm extension, you receive the following error message:

You will also notice that legacy Excel files with a .xls extension open just fine.


1. Ensure you have an Excel Services service application established.
2. Ensure that your web application is associated with the Excel Services service application. In Central Administration, go to Application Management, Configure service applications associations. Ensure Web Applications is selected from the View drop-down menu. Click on the appropriate Application Proxy Group (more than likely default), ensure the Excel Services service application is checked, and select OK.


  1. Thanks for this post! It worked for me.

  2. fail. no change

  3. I have a document library where everyone can open the Excel files (both versions), yet I have a single user that receives the message above. They are using IE9 to access the document. Any ideas?