Odd Behavior when Opening a Shared File with a Shortcut

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 11, 2014)

Chris wrote about a problem he was having with one of the computers in his network. Each computer on the network has a shortcut icon on the desktop. Double-clicking on the icon opens a shared workbook, stored on the file server. Everything works fine, except with one computer. Whenever that user clicks on the shortcut, the workbook does not open up as a shared file. Instead, it automatically does a "save as" and renames the file with the same name and a 1 behind the original name.

If you've double-checked the problem shortcut, to make sure it uses the same settings as the successful shortcuts, then there are only a couple of things that could be causing the problem.

First, you may want to check the errant system to make sure that the copy of Excel on that system is not starting up any add-ins or macros that may be causing the problem. A quick check of the Personal.xls file and the Startup folder should accomplish this task. If you disable the add-ins, and the problem goes away, then you can figure out what to do next.

The other possible cause is that the errant system is somehow treating the workbook as if it is a workbook template. This could indicate a problem with the way that Excel is registered on the system. From the command line, use the following command:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe" /unregserver

The quotes are necessary, but you may need to change the path so it reflects the location of the Excel.exe file on your system. The /unregserver switch "unhooks" all the references to Excel in Windows. You should then, immediately, use the following command:

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

This command causes Excel to rewrite all its Registry keys and to reassociate itself with workbook, chart, and template files.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2470) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Controlling Where a Full-page Border is Printed

When you add full-page borders to your document, you may be bothered to find out that one or more sides of the border don't ...

Discover More

Counting Asterisks in a Column

Excel can be used as a simple database program. If you use asterisks in a column of your database to designate ranking of ...

Discover More

Using the ABS Function

Need to find the absolute value of a number? That's where the ABS function comes into play.

Discover More

Save Time and Supercharge Excel! Automate virtually any routine task and save yourself hours, days, maybe even weeks. Then, learn how to make Excel do things you thought were simply impossible! Mastering advanced Excel macros has never been easier. Check out Excel 2010 VBA and Macros today!

MORE EXCELTIPS (MENU)

Personal.xls File Not Opening

The Personal.xls workbook is used primarily to store macros that you want available through all of your workbooks. ...

Discover More

Reducing File Size

As you work with a workbook (particularly one that contains macros) you may notice that the workbook size can become quite ...

Discover More

Creating a CSV File

Need to get your data into a format that can be easily read by other programs? Chances are good that a simple CSV file will ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments for this tip:

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

This Site

Got a version of Excel that uses the menu interface (Excel 97, Excel 2000, Excel 2002, or Excel 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.

Links and Sharing
Share