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  1. #1
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    Jun 2000

    Excel Spreadsheets display nothing, not even grid lines

    Windows 10, Office 2016. Excel spreadsheets with data in them show nothing except the menu ribbon. I've tried the following:
    • Disabled hardware acceleration
    • Turned off Add-ins
    • Cleared the Ignore apps that use DDE
    • Reset file associations

    Nothing works.

    Thanks - rev

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
    I have seen that issue. For the computers where I have seen it, it is due to a font issue. Below are the commands that can be put into a batch file that we used to fix the problem:

    This is assuming that you can create a new Excel spreadsheet, save it, and then load it again and see the text, but previously saved spreadsheets load and show up as blank. This is also on a Windows 10 system. Windows XP or 7 should not have this problem. The problem is due to Microsoft messing with the standard fonts on Windows 10.

    ::Powershell script for Arial font
    Powershell -command "Get-acl C:\Windows\fonts\arial.ttf | Set-Acl -path c:\windows\fonts\*.*"
    Powershell -command "Get-acl C:\Windows\fonts\arial.ttf | Set-Acl -path c:\windows\fonts"
    :: Take Ownership of the Font folder and internal files
    Attrib -r -s "c:\windows\fonts"
    takeown /f "C:\windows\fonts"
    icacls "C:\windows\fonts" /t /grant "authenticated users":(OI)(CI)F
    :: Stop and disable "Windows Font Cache Service" service
    :: FontCache
    sc stop "FontCache"
    sc config "FontCache" start=disabled
    sc query FontCache | findstr /I /C:"STOPPED" 
    if not %errorlevel%==0 (goto FontCache)
    :: Grant access rights to current user for "%WinDir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService" folder and contents
    icacls "%WinDir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService" /grant "%UserName%":F /C /T /Q
    :: Delete font cache
    del /A /F /Q "%WinDir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\FontCache\*FontCache*"
    del /A /F /Q "%WinDir%\System32\FNTCACHE.DAT"
    :: Enable and start "Windows Font Cache Service" service
    sc config "FontCache" start=auto
    sc start "FontCache"
    Before running these commands, make sure you have a backup of your system, in case something goes wrong.

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