Excel FIXED IT: EXCEL WONT LAUNCH WHEN I DOUBLE CLICK ON THE FILE - INSTEAD HAVE TO USE FILE-OPEN IN EXCEL


dhv

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I was having this issue on my recently updated pc. when i double clicked on an excel file it would not run. tried various things mentioned in the forum. nothing worked.

i always got an error message - filename.xls is not a valid win32 application. thing is that office was looking for "excel office component" - whatever that is.

So I went to Control Panel>Programs>Default Programs.

Tried to change the default program for xls and xlsx files to excel, but it would not show up.

So I went to start and searched for excel.exe. that gave me the path to the actual file.

copied it down - went back to the control panel >programs/default programs > change and scrolled down to the file types, clicked on change > browse . and pasted the file path there.

problem solved. should work for the other office programs as well.
 
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