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Can't open excel file directly.


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MaMister

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Hi all, I am using office XP.

I have this problem that I can't seem to open any excel file directly from my document or desktop, when I double click any file, it opens up excel and then just struck there with a "Ready" on the lower left corner....

But when I open from excel - File -> Open and it works.....

I tried reinstalling the program and tried 'Excel /regserver' but no luck....

Please help....
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Hi MaMister,

Here are a few things you may look at...

You may have lost the association between .xls file extensions and Excel.

To change file associations

1. Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.

2. In the Open With dialog box, click the program where you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.

3. Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

** Note ** When you set up the association, make sure to "browse" to the excel.exe file in:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Excel.exe don't just hit Open with MS Excel.


If the above don't work...you can try this:

Open Excel and go to: Tools/Options/General Tab, de-select the option "Ignore

other applications."


Give those a try and let us know what happens.
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Thanks for the reply, the association between .xls file extensions is ok as when I double click the file, it opens up excel program...

The ignore other applications wasn't selected at all...
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Wow, this is a strange one...normally the "unchecking" that I mentioned earlier fixes the problem. Are there any error messages at all when you try to open a file from "outside" of Excel? Also, have you tried to do a Detect and Repair from within Excel?
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Nope. I tried uninstall and reinstall it doesn't help.

Is there a utility that can totally clean up the office xp so that I can do a clean install....?
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MaMister,

Here is the link for the utility that you requested....Uninstaller

This is the information for the above file....Uninstaller Info

Hope that helps...
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