The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft sharepoint foundation-compatible spreadsheet

Recently while working with “Import Spreadsheet” app in SharePoint 2013 I got the below error: The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible spreadsheet application is not installed or is not compatible with your browser.

I was trying to create a list using the Import Spreadsheet option in SharePoint 2013 using Internet Explorer. But still, I was getting the error.

the list cannot be imported because a microsoft sharepoint
The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible spreadsheet application is not installed or is not compatible with your browser.

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the list cannot be imported because a Microsoft sharepoint foundation-compatible spreadsheet

The solution to this problem is that we need to use 32-bit Internet Explorer. When I open my site in IE 32 bit and try using the “Import Spreadsheet” option it works perfectly.

Also, check the below add-ons are enabled in Internet Explorer. Open IE click on Settings Icon -> Manage Add-on and check the below add-ons are enabled.

  • SharePoint Export Database Launcher
  • SharePoint Spreadsheet Launcher
  • SharePoint Stssync Handler
the list cannot be imported because a microsoft sharepoint foundation-compatible spreadsheet
The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible spreadsheet application is not installed or is not compatible with your browser.

After this the error The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible spreadsheet application is not installed or is not compatible with your browser will not appear.

Use Internet Explorer 32-bit version to solve The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible spreadsheet application is not installed or is not compatible with your browser

If the above solution does not work, then Open IE (Internet Explorer) in 32-bit mode and then use the Import spreadsheet app to create the app.

Add SharePoint site to Trusted Sites Zone

The last things you can try is to add the SharePoint Site to the Trusted Sites Zone.

Open Internet Explorer then Click on “Tools” -> Internet Options.

The click on Security tab -> Trusted Sites -> click on “Sites” button and Enter SharePoint Site URL and then Click on “Add”.

Read below SharePoint spreadsheet tutorials:

I hope this will be helpful to resolve the error The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible spreadsheet application is not installed or is not compatible with your browser.

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