double click excel file content doesn't display properly

Posted on 2011-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I purchased Office Home and Student 2007 on line last year and installed it on my Windows 7 Home Premium computer. There's an issue with Excel keeps bugging me. If I open an excel file by bringing up an Excel program first it'd work properly. But if I simply double click the file, the content looks like binary code which is un-readable. How should I fix this? I tried right click -> open with, but excel is not on the list of programs to be picked.

I can't locate .exe files for excel/words any where in my file system. Only found excel 2007.lnk and word 2007.lnk under the following two places:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office>
C:\Users\Shujen\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu

Please help. Thanks.
Question by:sdc248
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    Expert Comment

    Did you tried reinstalling it?
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    Expert Comment

    by:Brian Gee
    Try finding it here:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE

    Author Comment

    Yes, yobri, it's in there...
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    Accepted Solution

    So hopefully you can then right-click > Open With > Choose Default Program. If Excel is not listed, then click the Browse button and then go to the path to Excel  (mentioned earlier) to make it the default program.

    Author Closing Comment

    Have just done that and it works perfectly now.  Thanks a lot yobri.

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