excel wont open up files downloaded by firefox

I am running windows xp home, have office 2000 with all updates, reinstalled firefox, and when I go to email and  download an excel file (save it to mydocs) it wont open properly... let me explain...

when i download from firefox it asks to save it, which i do, and then there is just the box that shows the downloaded file name  in the firefox download window with the option to open or remove.... when I click open excel launches but no file loads.....however, if i go to mydocs and double click the file it comes right up.... i have reinstalled office and firefox and applied all updates possible.,.,.

this is causing me to scratch my head,...,,.. please help me
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f-kingIT support technicianCommented:
try the Edit -> Preferences -> Content entry in Firefox. Click the Manage... button in the File Types section to see the list of application actions defined. Check to see if there is any entry for .xls files - if so, I would suggest you remove it so hopefully Firefox will attempt to open it with the OS default.
f-kingIT support technicianCommented:
If that doesnt work try installing the latest Firefox.
mrjdayAuthor Commented:
there is no preferences in the edit menu, however, there is options in the tools dropdown and I looked at the  file types and there isn't a command for that (no is there in working browsers either) and like i said I have reinstalled firefox and office to no prevail.....

Someone please help
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mrjdayAuthor Commented:

"  First, open any folder in Windows XP.
"  Click on the Tools menu, and choose Folder Options.
"  From the dialog that pops up, click the File Types tab. You will now be presented with a list of all document types recognized by your computer.
"  Scroll down to XLS, select it, and click the Advanced button. Now you'll see several "Actions" registered for Excel worksheets.
"  Usually, Open is the default (indicated by being in bold). Select "Open" and click the Edit button.
"  The main piece of data in here is the field labeled "Application used to perform action". This should point to your Excel executable, followed by some command-line arguments. Here's how it appears on my PC: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\EXCEL.EXE" /e "%1"
"  It is very important to make sure that the %1 is surrounded by quotes. %1 is the variable representing the full path and file name of the document you are opening. If it contains any spaces, and this is not surrounded by quotes you will get a flurry of weird errors.
"  "Use DDE" is normally checked. Now, make sure that "DDE Message" is empty. Click OK.
"  Click OK back at the Edit File Type dialog. Click Close on the Folder Options dialog.
f-kingIT support technicianCommented:
no problem this way you also become an expert :-)
mrjdayAuthor Commented:
ummm..... im done, just close it
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