by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 30, 2016)
Frank was having a problem with Excel not opening a workbook whenever he would double-click on it in Windows. Excel would start, but the workbook would not load, and Excel would report that it couldn't find the file that was double-clicked.
This sounds like a problem with the file associations in Windows. The first thing to try is to force Excel to reconstruct all the proper association information. You do that by following these steps:
"c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe" /regserver
Now try double-clicking on your workbook again. It should open as you expect. If it doesn't, try this:
Figure 1. The General tab of the Options dialog box.
If you still cannot double-click on a workbook to open it, try these steps:
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