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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. Excel file doesn't open I,ve tried all of the above suggestions, but still not working. I've unistalled and reinstalled, then tried the suggestions again, still no luck. Help Please. Peter, Beijing

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  • pghern Dec 20, 2008

    In the absence of a solution, I think the best option is to open excel and leave it open in the background all the time the computer is on. That way the files will always open.  Thanks Peter

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    Having the same issue with no fix yet...Hope someone knows what is going on! Damn Microsoft and compatibility issues!

  • pghern Jan 06, 2009

    Have tried all the above possibilities - still no good.
    Thanks anyway.

  • Clothahump Mar 23, 2009

    Office 2003 on XP. When I double-click a .doc or .xls file, I get a "Preparing to Install" window that flashes up, then disappears in a second or so. The app then opens on a blank page. If I click File/Open, I can drill down to my file and open it that way.

    What's the dang deal?


  • badbrain May 11, 2010

    reybg's solution to clear the "Ignore Other Applications" checkbox did the trick. Thanks reybg!!

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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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It could be an assiciation problem with .doc and .docx, but that doesnt sound like it. Sounds like an inherent 2007 problem. If you can, try a reinstall of Office. If it doesn't work, you could always try a copy of Open Office, or, failing that, Office 2003.

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