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.
Re: Word & Excel won't open files when doubleclicked in...
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.
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Re: Word & Excel won't open files when doubleclicked in...
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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I was like that when the problem exists when double-clicking in Windows Explorer. Then I get the message that the program isn't responding and have the option to close or wait. After a few moments Excel does eventually open and I can work on the file. I do not have the problem when I open the file directly form Excel.
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You accidentally save it as an HTM or HTML file. It will still open in Excel if so. Open the file in Excel and do a Save As back to an XLS (Excel 97-2003 version file) or XLSX (Excel 2007 - 2013 version file).
You associated XLS or XLSX files to be opened with CometBird. If so, right click on the file and choose "Open With," then go to the bottom of the choices and left-click on "Choose default program..." Then choose Excel and you should be all set. Windows will reassociate all your files to automatically open with Excel instead of CometBird.
Close down Excel, re-open it and try to open the file again. If this doesn't work, restart the computer, open up Excel and try to open the file again. If this doesn't work, delete the contents of your c:windows emp directory then reboot. Try again If this doesn't work, open Excel in Safe Mode. This will disable VBA and Add-ins.
Click on Start then Run then enter (including the quotes and the /s extension): "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeexcel.exe" /s ["C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice10excel.exe" /s (for Excel 2002, Office XP, click cancel if the MS Office Installer starts, Excel in safe mode will still start)].
Try to open the file.
If this doesn't work, be sure to scan the file for viruses. If you don't find a virus, find the file in Explorer, right click on it and rename it, replacing the .xls extension with the .doc extension. Try to open it as Word document.
If this doesn't work, try to determine if the file is unrecoverable on the disk. Open the file in Explorer and try to copy it to another location.
If you can copy the file to another location, skip to step 9. If not, the actual sectors on the disk may be corrupted.
If the data is valuable enough to you, seek professional services as a damaged hard disk file recovery is not for the faint at heart.
If the recovered file won't open or you could copy the file to another location, try to open the file in a more recent version of Excel. As the version numbers increase, their ability to recover corrupt files increases. If this doesn't work or such a version of Excel is not available, see if some other spreadsheet application is and try to open the file in that program.
If Microsoft can't help you (see the tips section) and you've exhausted all the free methods above for damaged disk recovered or copyable files there are a number of excellent commercial applications which will recover your files almost immediately. http://www.repairmyexcel.com/
Solution 1.) If you have installed PDF maker, which can get installed when you install scanner software, the Excel add-on can potentially cause Excel to open slowly. This is more common in Office 2007.
* Close Excel and any other window you have open * Open "My Computer" and browse to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\XLSTART *
* When you open Excel, check to see if the time it takes to open the xls/xlsx is shortened.
Solution 2.) This can be fixed by reinstalling Office but there is a faster way to fix this .
* Go to your Control Panel, (click on Start then Click on Control Panel) * Click on Folder Options, then File Types, * scroll down to and select (DOC for Word files) or XLS (for Excel files), * click Advanced and select Open entry, * click the edit Button. * deselect "Use DDE" * append "%1" (include the quote marks) to the end of the application command line, * Remove /dde if it is at the end of the command line * Then click on OK three times.
If the issue was being caused by DDE, then when you now open a Word doc file or Excel els; they will now open faster, without a long pause.
There might be a problem with you file association for '.xls'.
You can check this from Windows Explorer, on the menu bar choose Tools >> Folder Options... >> then select the 'File Types' tab. Look to see if Excel is the default program to open the '.xls' file. At the bottom portion of the window, it shows 'Details for...' and 'Opens with'. Just associate it with Excel.
**Note: This may not be possible if you are NOT the administrator of your PC system.