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Excel files won't open from desktop

Postby dhattala » Fri, 30 Jan 2004 06:25:31 GMT

I cannot open an Excel file from it's location in My 
Documents or on the desktop. Excel will launch but the 
data does not appear. However, I can open Excel first and 
open the document from within Excel. How can I 
reestablish the link to open direct from the file 
itself?  I'm using Excel 2002.

Re: Excel files won't open from desktop

Postby Jan Karel Pieterse » Fri, 30 Jan 2004 17:55:57 GMT

Hi Dhattala,

Start, Run,
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe" /regserver

Quotes mandatory, Note you may have to change the path.

This is what MS has to say startup switches:

 http://www.**--****.com/ ;en-us;q211481


Jan Karel Pieterse
Excel MVP

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