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dpcdomino

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Excel 2002 and Windows XP Proffesional.

Just started happening. When I click on a shortcut, Excel comes up but the workbook does not pop up. That area remains black just like I closed out all worksheets but left Excel open. I can click "Open" and get the sheets back up that way but this becomes irksome and tedious to do.

Am I missing something? Any easy fixes?

Thanks all!!
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Shortcuts on the desktop right?


Probably what has happened is that your files have been moved from their original directory.
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Shortcuts on the desktop right?
Probably what has happened is that your files have been moved from their original directory.



That is not it because I can open them through Excel from the desktop without any issues. I do not get an error message either.
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does this happen any time that you open an exell document from a shortcut? or only when you try to open additional ones (like..you alrady have one open..but y ou need to have another one open so you leave the first one up..and click on another)?
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does this happen any time that you open an exell document from a shortcut? or only when you try to open additional ones (like..you alrady have one open..but y ou need to have another one open so you leave the first one up..and click on another)?


It happens anytime I click on any shortcut. If Excel is closed, and I click a shortcut, Excel opens but no spreadsheet comes up. Just a blank Excel. If Excel is open, and I click a shortcut, another Excel program opens and still no sheet comes up. Just the grey boxes.
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what if you click the original file?
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Same thing.
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this may be a long shot...but..

open up my computer then click tools > folder options > file types >
find the .xls...and see what it says it opens with (it's probably gonona say exell...) change that to something like..note pad...then close out all of those screens...then go back in there and change it back to exell..
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Longshots are better than no shots at all. You miss 100% of the shots you do not take...

...that being said...no luck. XLS did read Excell. Changing it and changing it back did not work.
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ok...do you have your office disk?

if so go to add/remove programs in the control pannel and find microsoft office (if you installed excell by itself...find it and continue on with the next step) click on it and chose "change" it should bring up a windows saying something about configuring office...then you should get a window with 3 choices (uninstall, repair,...or something else) choose the repair option....it will probably ask you to put in y our office cd somewhere after you select the repair option
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I thought of that but alas.....no disk. Guess I am S.O.L.?
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ok..open up exell...and click on help...then detect and repair...that option shouldn't neccessarily ask for the cd
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I do not know if this is getting funny or frustrating...

I did the detect and repair option alredy. I even went and updated Windows and saw if there were any missing patches for Excell....nothing.

I think I have decided...this is definately not funny but really frustrating.
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i'd say a little of both...but deffinitely more on the frustrating side...it's a funky situation....i've had something similar happen...but...it was because i already had one excell document open and i had a field selected for editing...which..in excell...means you can't open another document untill you unselect the open field.....

when you close excell...get into task manager...and open up the processes tab...see if the excell process is still running
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It closes completely but here is a new odd twist. I clicked on the file on the desktop and hit "open with." Instead of clicking the program on the list, I went into the Program Folders and selected Excel directly from the source. It gave me an error message saying it could not locate the file....interesting. It did not give me the option to search for it.

The odd part is that I can still open that file from Excel directly with the open command.
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