Unable to open files directly from explorer in Microsoft Excel

Unable to open files directly from explorer in Microsoft Excel

If you have troubles opening a spreadsheet file in Excel when you double click on the file.

To fix this common issue, do the following.

  1. Open Microsoft Excel
  2. Go to Tools–>Optionspicture-19
  3. Go to the General Tab and UNTICK “IGNORE OTHER APPLICATIONS”picture-20
  4. Select OK.
  5. You should now be able to open Excel files again

In excel 2007 this option is found under menu, Excel options

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Check off Ignore Applications that use dynamic data exchange (DDE)

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