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  One PC with MS 2003.  When you click on 10-20 different .XLS Excel opens but the screen is blank.  It opens the program but does not even show the spread sheet.  Just the outline of the program.

If you open excel.  Click File, Open and the browse to the document it works???

Windows XP SP3 with MS 2003.  It was working fine for 2 years and just started today.  No one else in company (50+ users) has problem.  Machine is 1.8Ghz and 1GB Ram

All other programs have been closed and Office is up to date.
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This page might be worth a look:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494/en-us
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That resolved the issue, wow!  

1.      In Microsoft Office Excel 2003 or earlier versions of Excel click Options, on the Tools menu.
2.      Click the General tab.
3.      Click to clear the Ignore other applications check box, and then click OK.
 
Strange that this has been working and then just stopped.  What does that option mean?    Ignore other applications
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This is a quote from the Microsoft link I sent you to in my first comment:

"When you double-click an Excel workbook in Windows Explorer, a dynamic data exchange (DDE) message is sent to Excel, instructing it to open the workbook that you double-clicked.

If the Ignore other applications setting is selected, Excel ignores DDE messages sent to it by other programs. As a result, the DDE message sent to Excel by Windows Explorer is ignored, and Excel does not open the workbook that you double-clicked."
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