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Error: The file you are trying to open, [report].qsm, is in a different format...

When opening an existing financial statement in QuickBooks Statement Writer with Excel 2007, you receive the following message:

The file you are trying to open, '[filename]', is in a different format than specified by the file extension. Verify that the file is not corrupted and is from a trusted source before opening the file. Do you want to open the file now?


*  QSW was referred to as Intuit Statement Writer (ISW) in earlier versions of QuickBooks.
Why this is happening

Excel displays this security warning each time you open a QuickBooks Statement Writer (QSW) file because QSW files use a unique (non-Excel) format.

How to fix it

Click the Yes button on this message to open the ISW file safely.

KB ID# SLN41861
12/9/2016 7:05:02 PM
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