Error: Error opening export: External table is not in the expected format or Error opening export: Unexpected error from external database driver (1) - when exporting to Excel

When exporting any report from Financial Edge or Raiser's Edge you may receive one of the following:
  • Error: External table is not the expected format.
  • Error opening export: Unexpected error from external database driver (1)
  • If exporting to Office 2007: Error opening export: Error opening Microsoft Office 2007 Application: ActiveX component can't create object Make sure you have Microsoft Office 2007 installed on your machine. 
This may occur when exporting to Excel from reports, queries, activity grids in Financial Edge, or selecting Export to Excel in Raiser's Edge records or batches.
Update: Microsoft has identified this as an issue with recent updates and they are working to resolve it. This has been resolved for some operating systems by November Microsoft updates. For more information, search the Microsoft website to see if your Operating System and build has an update to resolve the issue. 
  • For example, KB4048953 resolves the issue for Windows 10, build 14393.1884:

Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is: “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)".

Affected updates that may cause this issue include (but are not limited to): 

  • Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 security updates KB4041681 & KB4041678
  • Window 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2 security update KB4041693
  • Windows 10 security update KB4041676 & KB4041691 . *There have been instances of neither of the two security updates being installed, in that case, removing KB4043961 resolves the issue.
Note: We provide links to third-party websites in an effort to help you resolve your issue.  We are not responsible for the information on third-party websites and we cannot assist with implementing resolutions from these websites.

Until Microsoft releases a fix for your build, it's possible to uninstall these Windows updates from any affected workstations:
  1. Go to Start > Control Panel
  2. Under Programs click Uninstall a program
  3. Click View installed updates on the left side of the window.
  4. This displays all updates installed on the system.
  5. Locate the update(s), right-click it and select uninstall from the menu.
  6. This removes the update from the system.
  7. Reboot the workstation.

In some situations, exporting in the CSV format can serve as an alternative solution:
  1. Go to File > Export
  2. Select the Comma Separate Values (CSV) format
  1. Open the Export file.
  2. Select Tools > Export Options from top menu bar
  3. Select Export format field
  4. From drop down menu select CSV.
  5. Click OK.

Steps to Duplicate

Steps to duplicate:

1. Navigate to any report
2. Preview the report
3. Click the export icon at the top tool bar
4. Receive error: Error opening export: External table is not in the expected format -


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