SharePoint 2013 There was an error in communicating with Excel Calculation Services error while opening excel file in browser

This SharePoint tutorial explains, how to fix error “There was an error in communicating with Excel Calculation Services. Unable to process the request. Wait a few minutes and try performing this operation again” which comes while trying to open an excel file in the browser in SharePoint 2013.

Ok, When I open the ULS logs I got the error message as There was an error in communicating with Excel Calculation Services.

There was an error in communicating with Excel Calculation Services

Here the reason might be the Excel Services may not be working properly. Either you can restart the central administration or you can restart the application pool running the excel services application.

  • For this Open IIS (Start –>Run –> inetmgr).
  • Then Click on SharePoint Web Services under Sites which will display the services.
  • Click on each GUID –> Change the view from Features View to Content View
  • On finding ExcelService.asmx -> Right click that web service -> Manage Application -> Advanced Settings and then Identify the Application Pool
  • Now in IIS -> Application Pools -> choose the particular Application Pool we got in the previous step ->Recycle.

After this try opening the excel file in the browser. It should open without error.

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Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SPGuides.com

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