specifically open Excel 2003 or Excel 2007 if i have both

Posted on 2014-02-02
Last Modified: 2014-02-03
hey guys,

i have both Excel 2003 and Excel 2007 on my computer. when i do
Set xlsApp = New Excel.Application

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even though the Excel Object Library reference in my .mdb is 11.0 (Excel 2003), it Excel 2007 is opened up instead.

Question: how do i ensure that Excel 2003 application is open if the Excel Object Library 11.0 is referred to? thanks guys!
Question by:developingprogrammer
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farjadarshad earned 167 total points
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right click on any excel file and select openwith now from here select browse into  program file ->Microsof Office->Office 11 and from here select Excel.exe now check always open files with this program.

I hope once excel files associated with the excel2003 then it will by default open excel 2003
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MINDSUPERB earned 333 total points
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Once you run Excel 2007, it runs a setup preparing your machine to use Excel 2007 version. And it would become a default Excel program.

If you want your code to open Excel 2003, you need to setup it as a default.



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I see thanks guys! I guess I didn't ask me question specifically enough - how do I open the specific version of excel programmatically? Thanks!!
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MINDSUPERB earned 333 total points
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Hello developingprogrammer,

Though you have 2 versions of Excel installed in your machine, it registers only on ProgID in Excel. That is the reason why every time you switch to open specific version, a setup installation occurs.

And it was the reason I suggested that if you want to open Excel 2003 in your code, make Excel 2003 as the default.

You may come across suggestion like using this code:

Set xlApp = CreateObject("Excel.Application.11")

However, if you are successful to run it, a setup installation will surely occur once you open a file in Excel 2007 version.



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hi Ed, whao thanks for your wonderful answer! i'll use Excel 2003 as my default then!

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