"The system cannot find the file specified"

Discussion in 'Microsoft Outlook Discussion' started by Bhavin, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. Bhavin

    Bhavin Guest

    When trying to open excel attachment in outlook, I am getting the error "The
    system cannot find the file specified". I have Office 2007 and thus previous
    suggestion of looking for Tools > Options > General Tab is not available. Can
    someone suggest a work around for Excel 2007?

    Thanks,
    Bhavin
     
    Bhavin, Jul 9, 2008
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  2. Try clearing the Outlook Secure Temp folder.
    http://www.howto-outlook.com/faq/securetemp.htm
     
    Brian Tillman, Jul 9, 2008
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  3. Bhavin

    Bhavin Guest

    I cleared the Outlook Temp Folder but it's still the same issue. The same
    issue occurs when I try to open excel through Windows Explorer (or whatever
    it is called in VISTA).
     
    Bhavin, Jul 10, 2008
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  4. This ought to fix the issue:

    1. Close the message.
    2. Start Excel.
    3. Click the Microsoft Office Button, click Options, and then click Advanced.
    4. Under the General tab, click to clear the Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) option, and then click OK.
    5. Exit Excel.
    Now you can double-click the attachment to open it in Excel, and you can save it to your hard disk, and then double-click the file to open it.
     
    Joshua Casario, Jul 31, 2008
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  5. Bhavin

    Gordon Guest


    Fix "WHAT" issue? Please quote the post you are replying to, reply to the
    thread and do not change the subject line.

    Thank you.
     
    Gordon, Jul 31, 2008
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  6. Bhavin

    Teresa Hanna Guest

    Hi, I have the same problem when trying to open Word files. Did you find a
    solution to your problem?
     
    Teresa Hanna, Sep 3, 2008
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  7. If you're having problems with Word, perhaps you should be asking in a Word
    newsgroup.

    If you mean you're having problems opening a Word attachment from within
    Outlook, state the exact text of the error message(s) and state as well
    whether or not you cleared the Outlook Secure Temp folder. Include your
    Outlook version and account type as well.
     
    Brian Tillman [MVP - Outlook], Sep 3, 2008
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  8. Bhavin

    Teresa Hanna Guest

    I'm new to newsgroups, so bear with me! I'm having trouble opening Word
    files in Outlook - the error message is: "The system cannot find the fil
    specified". I'm using Office 2007. I don't know how to clear the Outlook
    secure temp folder?
    Hope you can help.
     
    Teresa Hanna, Sep 4, 2008
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  9. But the message you quoted when you posted contained a link to how to do
    that. Didn't you read the message you were quoting?
     
    Brian Tillman [MVP - Outlook], Sep 4, 2008
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  10. Bhavin

    Teresa Hanna Guest

    Of course I read the message I was quoting! I tried to apply the suggested
    fix, but in Word, the "Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data
    Exchange (DDE)" isn't an option.
     
    Teresa Hanna, Sep 4, 2008
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  11. Huh? No where on the web site I mentioned does "DDE" appear.
     
    Brian Tillman [MVP - Outlook], Sep 5, 2008
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  12. Bhavin

    Code_Joe Guest

    Thank you! This fixed the problem I was having when opening Excel
    attachments in Outlook or trying to open Excel Files from within Explorer.
     
    Code_Joe, Dec 9, 2008
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    Guy Smith Guest

    I'm experiencing something similar with Ourlook 2003 on XP. In my case all
    attachements cannot be opened.

    I have tried all the common suggestions (cleaning out the secure folder,
    etc.) and nothing works.

    When I click on the attachment, the file appears in the secure folder and
    stays there until I close the email. In Explorer, I can click and open the
    file staged in the secure folder. Thus the problem seems to be that either
    XP has forgotten where to look for these staged files or Outlook is not
    telling XP where to find the file.

    I'm looking for any leads as this is significantly disrupting my work.
    Having used Outlook 2003 since it was first available, this sudden disability
    is frustrating.
     
    Guy Smith, Feb 9, 2009
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  14. Bhavin

    Guy Smith Guest

    I'm experiencing something similar with Ourlook 2003 on XP. In my case all
    attachements cannot be opened.

    I have tried all the common suggestions (cleaning out the secure folder,
    etc.) and nothing works.

    When I click on the attachment, the file appears in the secure folder and
    stays there until I close the email. In Explorer, I can click and open the
    file staged in the secure folder. Thus the problem seems to be that either
    XP has forgotten where to look for these staged files or Outlook is not
    telling XP where to find the file.

    I'm looking for any leads as this is significantly disrupting my work.
    Having used Outlook 2003 since it was first available, this sudden disability
    is frustrating.
     
    Guy Smith, Feb 9, 2009
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