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Word and Excel won't open files directly

Q: Word and Excel won't open files directly

Office 2003 on XP.

If I double-click a .doc or .xls file, I get a brief "Preparing to Install" window that goes away in a second or so. The app then opens to an empty screen. If I then click File/Open, I can drill down to my file and open it that way.

Anyone else have this problem? What did you do to fix it?

Thanks in advance!

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A: Word and Excel won't open files directly

This is a long shot, but you may have to associate the files with the program they were meant for. On eway to do this is to open my computer, not any office program. Find the file (files) you want, right click and choose "Open With" and pick the correct program in the list.

In the future your files should open with the right program without any additional efftort.

Let me know if this works.

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1. For a while the computer has become very slow, to open a file takes two minutes and to print a page takes five minutes.

2. Unable to open excel file directly, a blank page comes up, have to go to FILE and then select particular file to open.

I have been told to reload M/S programme to resolve this problem. Is it correct?

A:Microsoft office excel files - cannot open directly

XP ???
This is what I do ...

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So I recently installed Windows 8 and Office 2007 (including Excel 2007). I then decided to participate in the Office 2013 trial, so I downloaded and installed that on top of everything. It worked correctly, and I could open files normally. Then I deleted Office 2007 in an effort to save space, and now I'm encountering problems.

Basically, every time I try to open an Excel file, Windows 8 gives me the "How do you want to open this file?" dialogue. I check "Use this app for all .xls(x) files" and click "Keep using Microsoft Excel" and the dialogue closes but the file doesn't open.

The only way I can get excel files to open now is by going to the Metro menu and opening Excel 2013, then opening the file from there.

Is there a way to fix this issue without resorting to the workaround method?

Thanks in advance!

A:Excel 2013 Issues (can't open files directly)

Hi.............I also found this with excel but word works ok......Did you get a answer to the problem.......



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Client has SharePoint 2010 project server.
When the user clicks on a Excel file, the file open in the browser and when the user click on "open in Excel" we receive the below message 
"To open this workbook, your computer must have a version of Microsoft Excel installed and your Web browser must support opening files directly from Excel in the browser."
Below is the browser version 

However when the same is tried/accessed through a browser deployed on a dev machine, it works normally. Below is the version of the IE on the DEV server

What is causing this to happen?
Is there any tool to check the difference between the IE settings on my Desktop and the dev box.


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The only way I can get any MS office programs to open is to right click and choose the "open with" option. I check the box to Use as default, but they still won't open the next time.
I tried run > winword /r to reset word, but that didn't help either.
All the icons are the same, a little blue chemistry beaker.
In properties, the type of files say they are, "FFV files (docx), FFV files (xlsx), etc".
How do I get these files to open the normal double click way?

A:Excel and Word files will not open in Excel and Word

Have you tried repairing the Office installation (via Start > Windows Control Panel > Programs > Programs & Features > Microsoft Office (version) > Change > Repair)?

Aside from that if the file types are "FFV files (docx), FFV files (xlsx), etc", that suggests you've installed some other software that has taken over the file associations. In that case, you might consider uninstalling that software; otherwise you'll need to reset the file associations, by right-clicking each Office file-type (docx, xlsx, etc.) and using Open With>Choose default program to re-associate them with the correct Office application.

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I had recently installed Norton Antivirus for my PC. After installing this, I was unable to open any Word or Excel documents that are saved under my C: or A: drives. The error message I'm getting is "The file(filename) is not available". My operating system is Windows XP-Pro. And I'm using Windows 2002. Thanks for any help.

A:Cannot open Word or Excel files


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I have older computer running Vista. The system info is as follows:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista? Business, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P9400 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1999 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 775 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 74 GB (17 GB Free); D: 74 GB (45 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0D201R
Antivirus: None

Suddenly it won't all word, excel, pdf, jpg files with message "the file format is not supported or the file is corrupted". I checked the system and found all those files were modified around 7:30PM, March 3, 2017. I copied the files to another good computer and they cannot be opened too. I created new files on the infected computer and they are ok to open.

I read some old post regarding the Ransomware, but on my computer I didn't find any decrypt instruction files, I also ran the IDTool and it didn't report anything.

I don't have regular backup of the files, is there any possibility to identify the virus and recover the file? Thanks!

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First time I have asked a question so hope someone can help. Can't identify when it first started to happen but recently all excel files seem to have converted to word files. If word is already running and I try to open an excel file it opens in word and office tries to reinstall.
All excel files are displaying as word files in my documents folders. if I open excel and then open the files they do open and I can then save them in the correct format and they stay in that format.

Hope this makes sense.

A:excel 2007 files open in word

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i am running win xp pro. i have office pro 2003 installed with all the latest updates. The problem comes when i try to open a word or excel file from my desktop or even one of my other drives. Meaning just being able to double-click on the document and having it open. When i do this the folder that the document is in wont respond. Then the folder freezes and i must use task manager to close the folder. Keep in mind that i DONT receive any error messages when double clicking the the file.
i can however, go into start >programs >microsoft office > (word or excel) and open the program there, then open the document. but i shouldnt have to do this.
i have tried to run the repair to no avail. i have uninstalled and then reinstalled office with no luck. Norton windoc found problems (missing files) with my .net framework, so i uninstalled and then reinstalled that. That fixed the .net missing files but not my office problem.

Help me please cuz this has a tendency to be very frustrating!!!!! Tendency meaning every time i try to use the program.

A:Excel and word wont open files

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I don't know what happened. I can't open any Word / Excel file on my PC. I get the message "Unable to Read File".

Moreover, my Norton anti-virus is gone from my menu bar. I can't run it at all.

What must I do?

Thank you.

A:Solved: Help - Cannot Open Word & Excel Files!

What operating system? What version of Office? Did you do anything recently - any new programs installed/removed?

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I've been trying to resolve this very slow opening problem, but no success.
Tried "detect and repair", this worked but after restart or shutdown the problem came right back.
Any suggestions for a fix, hopefully short of reinstalling MS Office, would be greatly appreciated.

OS XPPro SP3 fully updated
MS Office 2003 fully updated

Thanks in advance

A:MS office files, Word and Excel, very slow to open

Sounds like a machine error... Tell us about your computer, connection, antivirus, and antispyware in some detail... We would like to know brand, or motherboard, age, and configuration... as well as your spyware and antivirus

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Hi all -- I have read a lot about similar complaints, but the solutions
are not working. I have a new DELL XPS, and installed my copy of office
onto it. Whenever i double click a document (Word/Excel)The program
launches, but the document doesnt load. I HAD Norton A/V on the system
when it was delieverd, but i uninstalled it as soon as I got it. After
reading, I thought maybe the offiveav.dll was still registered from the
old antivirus install, but i cannot find the file when searching in my system,
including hidden files/directories.
So now i have no A/V scan, had AVG, which was requesting a virus scan
of the doc before loading -- I removed it, and the virus scan message
disappeared, but the document still doesnt load.
I reinstalled office and also tried deleting the normal.dot file and
ran word to create a new one. All have not given me a solution. Also did a repair from the help menu in word without help.
BTW from within Word/Excel i can go to the open menu, and open any file
without difficulty, but I cannot tolerate this problem. Anyone else
with a sililar problem and possibly a solution.
Thanks in advance.

A:Canot open Word / Excel 2003 Files

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I have Word and Excel 2013 installed and it works fine but will not open a file if I double click on it. I get the error message shown in the attachment. Can anyone suggest how I can correct this? I have checked the default programs list and (e.g.) Excel is identified for xls or xlsx files.
Up to today I had 2010 and 2013 both installed on this machine and used 2010 typically. I deleted 2010 thinking it might correct this but it did not.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi! I am using Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Outlook and Windows 7 - my little system info blurb is below.

When I am in an MS Office application, like Word or Excel, and choose to send file as attachment, the attachment sends but what I actually typed into the body of the message disappears. To isolate the problem I tried all different scenarios and figured out that it only happens if I send as attachment AND the message body is HTML. It will go through fine as attachment with message body in plain text. And it will go through just fine if I send the file as the message body (which, ironically, means the message body is HTML).

This is a new problem - just started a few weeks ago. Before that, it all worked fine.

The only other thing I have noticed is that I have two sets of folders for my mail files (see attached picture). When I send directly from Outlook and when I send a file from the application as the body of the email, it appears in the top "Sent" folder. When I send from the application as an attachment, it appears in the bottom "Sent" folder. Don't know why it processes them differently in Outlook but it always has - even before this problem started.

Help? Please?

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 580 @ 2.67GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8180 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M, 1024 Mb
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A:Message Disappearing When Emailing Directly from Excel or Word

Not a solution, but many & myself experiencing same problem here. Might help to up vote the bug with the 'Me Too' button: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...-3fcb-47aa-9806-4085186a51f8&tm=1337158131951

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Hi guys,

I have a question that has stumped me so far. Here is the scenario: I am dealing with a spreadsheet that has several tabs on it. In each tab, there are several word, powerpoint, and pdf documents that are embedded as objects. My task is to write a macro, that will for each document (keep in mind its an embedded object that needs to be opened), open it with the appropriate program, and save it using a pre-assigned name (the name of the column heading and the row it is in) to a predetermined folder path. This process needs to be duplicated about 200 times. I'm not sure if this is even possible, but I know enough about vba to believe that it is. I've been working on it since yesterday, and I can't seem to tie the pieces together. Can anyone help on this?


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When I open word or excel from the task bar 3 out of 4 times two screens will open.

A:Word/Excel 2000: Two Files Open when launched from taskbar

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I can't open MS Office application files from the Explore window or from Desktop.

The MS Office applications icons, such as WORD or EXCEL, have been replaced. All my Word files now bear the Wordpad icon and when clicked open as such. My Excel files now bear some other icon that no application on my machine can open.

However, when I open an office app, such as WORD or EXCEL, and then try to open a related file that now has a funny icons, they open properly.

Have MS xp; Excel 2002; Word 2002.

Grateful for advice.

A:[SOLVED] Can't open Word or Excel files from Explorer window

You probably need to set the file assocations.

If you go into your Control Panel > Folder Options > File Types (tab), then scroll down until you locate those file extensions (.doc, .xls, etc...).

Alternatively, there is probably somewhere in Microsoft word, or excel where you can automatically set file associations, but it would depend on which version you have.

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Hello all,

I needed some help here, one of my friend having the problem which is his microsot word or excel files open in read only file.

He using Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007.

Anyone here can help me on this?


A:microsot word or excel files open in read only file

Try reversing the steps in this procedurehttp://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/HA101527191033.aspxAlso read the comments section

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Hello guys,

I wanted to open an excel file directly from IE9, but when I double click the excel file in the browser, it opens right in IE instead of Excel program. How do I make the file use Excel program to open rather than open in IE itself? I am using Windows 7 and Office 2010. I tried the Microsoft registry fix but still it doesn't work. And the folder options in Windows 7 doesn't have the "Advanced" option.


A:Open Excel file to directly open from IE9

download the file to your computer first--then open with Excel

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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....

A:Can't Open Excel File Directly.

Your problem may lie within the the path of the icon on your desktop. Try this
1. Open Explorer Start>Explorer
2. Find the Full name of your file (for ex. C:/MyDocuments/fred.doc)
3. Copy this name
4. Now find the icon and right click and select Properties
5. Find the target and paste you target over that

You may have minimized/closed your file in a way that it has been minimized so try to look around you taskbar for the excel and right click select restore.

Lastly, you may just have to do it the hard way or try creating shortcuts via Rightclick on desktop>new>shortcut

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Hello everyone. I've done a search on this forum and although there are similar threads, there isn't one that quite fits the bill...

The attached spreadsheet is something that I aim to have as an automatic email generator, based on information I input. The spreadsheet will be opened daily, and upon opening it generates the emails so that all I have to do it hit 'Send' on my Outlook for each action.

(Open the attached spreadsheet)

The first thing I do is to enter the date (column C). I then populate the email name in column D. Once I have this information I then need to input how many priority (1-5) actions there are for that person in columns F-J.

So... (I'm taking Row 4 as the example here)

An email is sent out initially to Joe Bloggs, informing them that they have two priority 1 actions, three priority 2 actions, one priority 3 action, and two priority 4 actions. (see note 1 below).
Once the initial email is sent out, the spreadsheet waits until the next action point is triggered. In this instance it is 24 hours later, because Joe Bloggs has two priority 1 tasks. As you can see, this trigger is column K, which populates automatically based upon column C. The text to be sent out is in Note 2, at the bottom.
The above process is completed for each action, so that a separate email is sent out depending on the dates in columns K-O (the timescales are given in the comment in cell F2.
Finally, when an email is sent out (using columns K-O as their pro... Read more

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I am having a problem opening a file attachment with Outlook Express 6. I can save the attachement to the hard drive and open it, but when I try and open it directly from Outlook express, it says " the file cannot be found C:\Documents
and Settings\User\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\....\name.xls"

Other attachments is ok. Please advise.

A:Can't Open Excel Attachment Directly From Outlook Express.

While I do not have an answer for you why you cannot open directly, think on the bright side: You have to drag it out someplace first, then you can SCAN IT WITH ANTIVRUS, and finally open it. Safer this way!

Office files MAY contain malware behind any sheet, document and within macros.

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Hi ~

When I click a link to play a streaming ASX movie, I get an error in Windows Media Player 9. When I copy the link into Media Player and open it from the location, it works.

I'm assuming this is some sort of a security issue, any idea how I can fix this?


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error message, this program will not open in dos mode

A:exe files will not open, goes directly to wordpad

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Recently, I'm having slow file loading while opening ms word files and excel files directly from windows explorer. It takes a minute to load, however it opens immediately if I open .doc files or .xls files directly from their application software. It also take a minute for MS Word and Excel software to shut down.

I have run my antivirus (Symantec) and MBAM but they all show no virus was found. I'm not sure what should I do next, please advice.

A:Microsoft Word & Excel - problem with opening files in Word and Excel

What version of Word & Excel?

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We have been facing these problems in two of our computers with OS xp.

When we open any files in the winrar with double click, it opens any other files not in the winrar window.

For e.g. I have four pdf files compressed in rar format. When I open the rar and double click any one of the files inside, it opens an excel file in my desktop.

However if I extract the four pdf files anywhere and open it, it works fine.

A:cannot open files directly from winrar but can extract

Hi see here How to Use WinRAR | eHow.com

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Got a problem with Word and Excel 2007.

Both programs open ok (under 2 seconds), so no problems there.

The problem is opening the program by means of opening a document. It takes about 1 minute

Exactly the same thing with both Word and Excel.

Has anyone got a solution? Surely there must be a quick little registry tweak to sort this out?

Other info:
Outlook 2007 works ok, no delays
Windows XP works ok
No speed issues with computer
Did not previously have Office 2003
Word/Excel documents are local, computer is not on a network
Computer is free from spyware and viruses

A:Word and Excel 2007 - Programs open ok - documents take ages to open

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Hi All,

I work on a web application that has Excel and Word documents in it.

At the moment when a user opens these documents in IE9 they get presented with a dialog box asking:

What do you want to do with "filename"?

The user is presented with Open, Save and Save As as the options.

Unlike previous versions of IE there is no check box to tick to remember the user's choice so it comes up every time.

I really need to get rid to this box. Does anyone know how to disable it?



A:How to get Excel and Word documents to open without the Open,Save,SaveAs box opening

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Click Start => My Computer => Tools => Folder Options => Click on File Types tab => In the file types list => click Excel => click Advanced => UNcheck clear the Browse in same window check box (or click to clear the Open Web documents in place check box) => Click OK

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Couple of issues here.... help!

1) When I am in Gmail (email) and want to open a word doc or excel and try to open it by a click (internet explorer) it opens of the window that comes with the computer to "buy" or ... so I have to save on the desk top, open word or excel then open the document through the software.

2) When I am in Gmail (email) and want to open a word or excel document in (Chrome) it opens a little window which ask if I want to open, save or open/save and where to save it. If I press open another window opens and ask if I want to open it now.
How can I just click on the word or excel document from gmail or anywhere and it just open up instead of opening up the program to open within?

Thank you ahead of time!

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Hi! i need you help!.. I am unable to open or save files in the shared drive using Excel 2007 but i can open/save excel 2007 files saved in my local drive

The error message I get when i try to open is "Could not open...." followed by the path and excel name.

This is the error message i get when i try to save in the shared drive:

Microsoft office excel cannot acces the file". There are several possible reasons:

the file name or path does not exist
the file is being used by another program
the workbook you are trying to save has the same name as a currently open workbook

Please help

A:Unable to Open and Save Excel files in the shared drive using Excel 2007

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I am running Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 on Windows 7.

When I open Excel my personal.xlsb opens fine and my macros are available and I can create new macros. No problems.

BUT when I open any existing Excel file the pesronal.xlsb is not opened and therefore no macros and I cannot create new macros as I get the error "Personal Macro Workbook in the startup folder must stay open for recording." I have been trying things all night with no luck. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I will list the things I have tried or checked with no success below:
In Options>Advanced Tab>General Section....the box for "Ignore other applications that use DDE" is NOT checked.
In Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings>Trusted Locations... I have C:\Users\Nick\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART listed which is where my personal.xlsb is located
In Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings>Macro Settings ...Disable all macros with notification...selected and not selected neither way solves the issue.
In Options>Add-Ins>Manage: Disabled Items ...There are no disabled items.
I have deleted HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Excel in the registry editor
I have deleted C:\Users\Nick\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART\PERSONAL.XLSB and then run excel to create a new personal file.
I have renamed C:\Users\Nick\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART\PERSONAL.XLSB to PERSONAL.XLSA

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A:PERSONAL.XLSB does not open when existing excel files are opened in Excel 2010

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Ok this is a weird problem I ran into in the past with Word, and I'm having trouble finding information on it, because of the details involved.

What's happening is if i load up Excel and then goto file/open and load an excel document it comes up.

If I goto Start/Documents and try to load it from there Excel seems to hang, also if i Browse my computer and goto any excel file same thing happens, and of course it happens over a network share as well.

I didn't give it more then a minute or 2 to come up (We are talking small Excel files here nothing huge) On the last computer this happened on with Word, the documents would eventually come up, but it would take 5 minutes to load this way.

Anything I load withen Excel (Meaning I load excel and then goto File/Open, comes up instantly)

Windows knows how to handle the excel files and what program to load them with, I tried deleteing the (Is it called a mime?) entry in windows that tells excel how to handle the .XLS file, then held shift and Right clicked a .XLS file to re-enter it into Windows, just in case Windows wasn't opening it right but this had the same effect.
Any ideas?

A:Can't open excel files by double clicking, HAS to load withen excel

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Tried application manager which states MS Office programs & updates are downloading in the background - also says "done:". Nothing is done because it is not working. I did a restore because I downloaded some updates yesterday (these were KB... updates) and still not working. I have Office 2010. IE 11. Windows 7.

A:Cannot open MS Word or Excel

You could try running MS Office Repair. To do that open Control Panel, select Programs & Features, scroll down to Microsoft Office 2010, Right Click on it & select Change, this will open a couple of Repair options to try.

When you say you did a Restore, did you uninstall Office & then reinstall it.

Do you have any other versions of Office installed?.

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I'm working on a friends PC and I can't find anything that will help me fix this.

The PC is running XP home. She can't get MS Word, Excel or IE to open but yet she can send and receive email via Outlook so we know there is a connection to the internet.

Any suggestions as to what I should be doing to fix this?


A:Word, Excel & IE won't open in XP

What happens when you try to open it in Safe Mode?

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I'm not sure if it because the files are 2003 or not? When I try to open them an error message appears stating, "...the file you are trying to open is in a different format than specified by the file extension. Verify file is not corrupted and is from a trusted source..." These are my files. The interesting thing is that if I try to open the same file that I have saved within the last year (before I got 2007) then I can do it? That is, I have a cache folder of files that I go get to do calculations then save in a new job folder. The ones in the new job folder will open (also 2003), but the ones in the original cache will not? I would truly appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.

A:Can't open 2003 Excel Files in Excel 2007?

Have you attempted to set them up in 'Compatibility Mode." Not sure if this will help, just hoping it will. I have been testing the new Microsoft Office 2010 Beta 64 bit, and have yet to have this problem, and like you I have a great deal of files in 2003 (never used 2007)'

I think you can still download MS Office 2010 beta from Microsoft's download site. Good Luck.

BTW, Welcome To The Seven Forums.

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I have a similar problem as the previous posting but my problem is with Excel not Word. When trying to open any Excel file I receive the message: "There was a problem sending the command to the program." The only way I can access an Excel file is to open "All Programs," choose "Microsoft Office" folder, choose "Microsoft Office Excel 2007" icon, choose "Open" folder, and double click on desired file.

My computer is a three month old custom unit built with Windows 7 Professional. I am using Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007. There have been no problems until this week.

Thanks for any help,


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Hi. I have a Gateway laptop with Vista. My Microsoft Word trial period has run out, and I have a bunch of Word & Excel documents saved. If I download Open Office, will it run those documents ?

A:Can Open Office Run Word & Excel?

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When I try to open Word and Excel Files, Windows ask how I should open them. I have to manually select Word and Excel from the list that shows all the different programs on the computer. Once I manually tell it to open in Word or Excel it does, but it is an inconvience. Also each file does not have a Word or Excel Logo, it is white with a little computer screen in the middle. Each file is saved as ".xls" or ".doc" files. Any help with this would be great! Thanks!


Also-any idea how to open ".RAR" files?

A:Word/Excel won't open on its own-needs to be done manually.

Slightly dependent on Windows version (which you omit to mention) but:
Using Windows Explorer, navigate to any .xls file, right click it and select "open with"
(you may need to hold shift down when right clicking).
Select "choose program" (even if Excel is in the drop down list) and then choose Excel, make sure the "always use this program" box it ticked.

Then do the same with a .doc file, but this time select Word as above.

That will set your file associations.

.rar is a compressed file, opened by a program called WinRar (not part of Windows or Office, Google would find you a download copy)

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Suddenly, I can't open Word 2003 or Excel 2003 at all. Both programs were working just fine about 1/2 hour before I ran and installed the usual monthly Windows Updates and restarted my computer. Windows Update found some more updates (including 2 that affect the Office "conversion" toolkit). While I waited for those to install, I tried to open Word, and couldn't.

At first I thought the problem was caused by EMET 5.5, the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, because it kept saying it detected "SimExecFlow mitigation" at the same moment Word failed to open and "stopped working". I thought EMET was blocking the Office programs.

I tried opening Word by itself, without opening a document. I tried opening Word in Safe Mode. I tried opening Excel by itself, without opening a spreadsheet. Both programs always stopped working while trying to start, and EMET always detected "SimExecFlow mitigation". I had just scanned the computer with MalwareBytes and found nothing, but I scanned the entirety of Microsoft Office in Program Files with Microsoft Security Essentials. MSE also found nothing. I restarted again after Windows Update finished the second round of installs. Word and Office still wouldn't start.

I tried using Task Manager to stop the EMET program, use that as a temporary solution. But even without EMET running, I still can't open Word or Excel. Word starts, and then immediately stops working and has to clo... Read more

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Whenever i click on a recent excel or word doc, the program opens and gives me a warning saying i already have a file of that name open, but i dont..... Im running windows XP.

A:file already open excel word

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Recently my excel and word documents, when opened from a shortcut on the desktop, take up to 20 seconds to open...vary occasionally even longer.

i did a disk-defrag, as it was recommended after de-frag analysis, which seemed to help for ONE DAY!

Any suggestions why this might be happening. All these files were ok when i first started using them.

i run AVG ant0virus and AVG anti-spyware too, all seems clear.

Any help welcome


A:Excel & Word take about 15 - 20 seconds to open

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I'm having an issue where I can't open up the older files from years ago on my computer. The Word (Microsoft office 2007), Excel, Powerpoint, and image files that I had on my computer for years will not open up. But anything that I created recently will open up. I can download a powerpoint file and it will open up, but the powerpoints I had from 2012 will not open up. For my word documents, I got the mswrd632.wpc conversion error. I deleted the registry entry for it based on google advice. Word opens up but all the characters are in a weird format. PDF files give me an error message when trying to open it. For images, I can see the preview of the image in my pictures folder but when i click on it, it says no preview available.

A:Old Word, Excel, PDF, and images won't open up

You can download the portable version of LibreOffice. When you download the portable version and double click the exe file you can select a folder on the desktop to install to. Open LibreOffice Writer and select File > Open. Browse to your Work FIles. You can do the same for excel files using LibreOffice Calc. For the PDF files you can download the portable version of PDFXchange Viewer. Unzip to a folder and double click the exe file. Select FIle > Open and browse to your PDF file. If these fail then you files are possibly corrupted.

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Hi there everyone,

I have a problem with both excel and word in that the files take over 20 s to open, on my work network or at home. OS - windows xp, office 2000 SR-1 professional. I run sophos av regularly and just downloaded avast av. Also ccleaner, adaware and spybot run once or twice a week. Defrag and disk check usually once a month (Is this all a bit obsessive?).... Anyway excel and word files are slow to open whether I click on the file directly or open excel or word first and then open the file. I was going to run combofix but thought I better not without expert help! Any help you can give would be much appreciated and may also prevent me going crazy! Thank you.

A:Excel and word very slow to open

I run sophos av regularly and just downloaded avast av.You should only have one AV on your computerTwo will conflict with each other

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When I open an Excel file I get the response "Unable to read file."
I can open excel itself, but just no files. old or new.
When I open Word it says "The file filename is unavailable"
Then when I close it, it is telling me that "The file normal already exists. do you want to replace it?" if i click yes it goes away but still wont open my file next time. If i click no it tries to save in to the TEMPLATES FILE under NORMAL.
My Norton Antivirus has also taken away my privileges so I can edit the updates and Norton Internet Security says that the file cannot be found when I click on the desktop icon. The Norton Internet Security icon has disappeared off my task bar.
I've been trying to download updates for windows, but it wont alow me too!!!
My lap-top is 6 months old, using xp, office 2003, I think..

This all happened today

I had a note come up at the bottom right saying I needed more virtual memory. ever since then my lap top has been messed up.

Please help!


A:Excel & Word wont open;Bad Day!!!

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When I try to open Microsoft Word or Excel I get an error message that says "This Patch Package could not be opened. Verify that Patch Package exists and that you can access it or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer patch package"

My Microsoft Word files have been moved to NotePad and all seem to be there. I have not been able to find the Excel files.

A:Solved: cant open word or excel

hiya,go here and run the fix it.http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9779673&entrypointid=MATSKB

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It seems to me (but I might be mistaken on this) that there is a Microsoft program that will let you open and view a Word or Excel document without having to purchase the Microsoft software. It's not an app that you can edit a document or write a new Word document or Excel document but you can just open them to view them only. Sometimes I get a Word doc or Excel doc and can't open it because I don't have the Microsoft programs installed and I simply can't afford them. Anyone heard of such a thing? If so, please advise where I could download this at or the name of this app. It's been years ago but I think I downloaded it on an old computer (I think - if my memory serves me right - and it doesn't always) which I no longer have (the computer that is)

Any help would be appreciate.

A:Need to open a Microsoft word and an Excel - need help

Microsoft's Office Viewers were retired in April of this year.

Google Docs lets users open Excel, PowerPoint and Word files in an Office Compatibility Mode (OCM), then save the results as Sheets, Slides or Docs files, respectively, and Office files can be converted to Google's formats from Google Drive.

A Chrome add-on, Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides, simplifies this further by opening dragged-to-the-browser Office files in the pertinent Google online application.

The open-source OpenOffice and LibreOffice can also open Microsoft Office-formatted files.

Source: https://www.computerworld.com/artic...-cutoff-date-for-free-office-app-viewers.html

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