Microsoft Office Open File

cadwal01 used Ask the Experts™
I am having difficulty with Microsoft Office.  I can an application (excel,word) and then open a file no problem  If I try to open the file, thus loading application, I get an error every time for either application.

The message says "Windows cannot find {File Name}  Make sure you typed the name correctly and try again"

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is {File Name} the name of the file your trying to open?
Or is it saying a different file.

My first guess would be that your file associations are wrong,
right click on the document you are trying to open and select open with, browse to your installation of office and select the right program


Yes that is correct on the {file name}  will try this now.
Or you could edit the file association directly...  if the %1 at the end of the command isn't surrounded by "double quotes" it's possibly being thrown off by a path with space in it, or long names.

Can't really give more specific directions without knowing the operating system.
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This is a known issue if you have a previous version office installed.

Check the MS link below and see if it applies.


Windows Vista  There was prior version of office upgraded to 2010.  I followed the advice in Microsoft article without success.  I tried the open as and even went to the exact Excel executable without success.  Sorry the message did not have quotes around it, I included to separate in my original post.

This machine did have OpenOffice installed on it at one point.
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In alienvoice's link, did you look at the other web pages linked to it? This one in particular seems relevant: <<You receive a "File Not Found" error message in Excel when you open a file by double-clicking the file name>> 

It ties back to the Open action entry for the file type (as hinted by Darr247). Microsoft suggests a registry tweak.

I realize that your Excel 2010 is not on the list of versions supposedly affected by the issue, but think the suggestion is worth trying.

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