Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

Professional Opinions
Ask a Question
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE

troubleshooting Question

cant change .xls programs to open with Excel 2013

Avatar of Mark
Mark asked on
Microsoft Excel
12 Comments1 Solution111 ViewsLast Modified:
I've changed the "Associate file type" several times to make .xls programs open with Excel 2013, but the icon remains as Excel 2007 both on the Associate list (see attached image) and on the desktop files, and it does try to open with Excel 2007, not 2013. If I first run Excel 2013, then open the file, it does so, but will not use 2013 when double-clicking the Excel icon.

Worse, the Excel 2007 program doesn't actually open the spreadsheet. I get a blank sheet:
Excel 2007 menu, blank sheetEven files created with Excel 2013 try to open with 2007 and are blank.
Excel 2007 and 2013 created spreadsheetsThe only way to open *any* spreadsheet no matter how created is to first open Excel 2013, then 'Open' the file.

How do I fix this?
Avatar of Rob_Jeffrey

Our community of experts have been thoroughly vetted for their expertise and industry experience.

This problem has been solved!
Unlock 1 Answer and 12 Comments.
See Answers