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We are upgrading to Windows 7 and on one machine, in Control Panel >  Default Programs > Set Associations   there is no .xls listed

The other machines we have done, has it.......

How do I fix this and where did it go?

We are running Office 2003 for now and will upgrade in a few months, but need the .xls association.
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go to control panel

search FILE

under default programs select

Make a file type always open in a specific program

IF .xls is not there

then using explorer browse to the folder where you have .xls files

right click on the .xls file and select open with

choose your program and check always open with this file.

Then you can go to the proceed above to check if it is listed now.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Control Panel > Default Programs > Set Associations

There is no "Set Associations" choice. There is "Set your default programs" and "Associate a file type or protocol with a program". Have you tried both? In any case, if you can't do it via Control Panel, another technique is to right-click on an XLS file in Windows Explorer, select "Open with", then "Choose default program..." If Excel is in the list of Recommended Programs, select it. If Excel is not in the list of Recommended Programs, click the Browse button and navigate to the Excel executable (<EXCEL.EXE>), which for Office 2003 on W7/32-bit will be in:

c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\

and on W7/64-bit will be in:

c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office11\

In either case (whether Excel is is in the list of Recommended Programs or you have to browse/navigate to it), make sure the check-box at the bottom that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is ticked. Regards, Joe
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bankwest --
What happens now when you click on an Excel file?  If it opens it would seem you have no problem.
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