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Error on opening embedded Adobe Doc in Excel "Cannot Start the source application for this object"

I am not able to open all (some embedded documents will open) my embedded Adobe documents from an Excel 2013 workbook.

I get the message "Cannot Start the source application for this object".   I have turned off the "Protected View" option in the Adobe Settings.   This has had no effect.   This problem is not isolated to one workbook but appears to be a problem in all workbooks with embedded Adobe Documents.

Any suggestions on how to resolve this problem?
Adobe AcrobatOffice ProductivityMicrosoft Excel

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Martin Liss

8/22/2022 - Mon
Jan Karel Pieterse

I suspect the embedded objects might be corrupted. One thing to try:
- Rename the offending Excel file by adding .zip behind its name
- Open the ZIP file
- Browse through the contents, there should be a folder called xl\Embeddings\
- IN that folder you should be able to find all your embedded pdf files. SImply select them and hit control+c.
- Navigate to any folder on your HDD and press control+v to paste them. Now try to open the PDF's.

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