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Word & Excel won't open files when doubleclicked in Windows Explorer

When I look up a .xls or .doc file in Windows Explorer and double click the file, the Excel or Word programs open, but the file itself does not open. Obviously, the file association is correct, because the correct program opens. The file opens correctlyif I start Excel or Word first, then use the File:Open commandfrom the menu or by keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O.

This problem does not effect any other file type in Windows Explorer. All other programs, including Publisher, start correctly and open the file as well. Does anyone know why these two programs do not open files with a doubleclick, and how to fix it? Ever since I installed Office 2007 under Windows Vista, my double-clicks on any Office file correctly opens the application, which promptly says it cannot find the file. If I then go to the file Open, I can successfully open that file by browsing. This applies to Word, Excel, Powerpoint equally. What gives? The association is correct by the way.

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  • Larry Degelman Dec 04, 2008

    I followed your instructions in detail but to no avail! This still happens in Excel, Word and Powerpoint, all under Office 2007. This does not happen with any other non-Office applications, like PaintShop Pro, Visual Basic, etc. This still appears to be an Office problem. It still baffles me as to why clicking on a file it will say that that very same file can't be found.

  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2008

    I had the same issue (Vista and Excel 2007) and by unchecking the "ignore other applications that use DDE" I was able to fix it.

  • Larry Degelman Dec 15, 2008

    Thanks for all your suggestions! I've tried all of them, but none seem to help. Both Word and Excel just keep saying they can't find the file I just double-clicked on, though the applications continue to open. Acrobat Reader and Powerpoint work just fine. Why is that?

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    I had the same problem and this fix worked - THANK YOU!

    Try going to Excel Options; Advanced tab; and under the 'General' heading: uncheck the box that says: Ignore other Applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE).

  • David Dressler
    David Dressler Apr 02, 2013

    Not here - the above did not work (using Office 2013).

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Excel may have "Ignore other applications" selected. See THIS Microsoft Knowledgebase Article.

Try going to Excel Options; Advanced tab; and under the 'General' heading: uncheck the box that says: Ignore other Applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE).

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  • Aimiel Ireman Dec 04, 2008

    Sorry, I'm at a loss. The only thing I could suggest would be to do a 'repair' install of Office.

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I had the same problem with Excel 2007 and fixed it by:

Excel Options/Advanced/under General, uncheck "Ignore other applicatins that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)"

I then closed Excel (don't know if that was necessary), and thereafter everything was fine.

Cheers

Peter

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This will solve your problem:
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Had the same problem. Here's a fix that worked for me (Excel 2007):

Excel Options > Trust Center > "Trust Center Settings" button > Trusted Locations (on the left-side nav bar)

Make sure the top level folder where the file(s) are located (in my case another computer on our LAN) is named on the list. If not, click "Add new location" and put in the path to the folders from which you're trying to open. Also click the "Subfolders of this location are also trusted" button.

You may need to check the "Allow Trusted locations on my network" box. I did, because our files are all on a separate server.

Hope this helps!

PB
Long Beach, CA

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I have the same problem and had it fixed. I have recently upgraded to the latest version of Ad-Aware. The software interprets the DDE message from Windows to Excel/Word as a "threat", and blocks the files from opening. Everything works fine again after I have disabled the real time threat watch from Ad-Aware. If you have an Anti-Virus program installed, you might want to check your settings.

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In Microsoft Excel 97, on the Tools menu, click Options. Click the General tab. Clear the Ignore Other Applications checkbox, and click OK.
In Excel 2007, Click Office Button, Excel Options, Advanced.
Look for General.
Clear the Ignore Other Applications checkbox.
Now, as to why this was checked in the first place, ewan ko na!

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reinstall - there must be administrator issues on your computer.

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Try to uninstall and re-install the MS office 2007. Hope this can resolve the problem

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