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Office 2016 - Desktop shortcuts to specific files

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I have Windows 7 on my laptop.  Just got the free version of Office 2016.  I had several desktop shortcuts to specific Excel files on the desktop which now don't work since the installation of the new Office 2016.  Any fix for this -- shortcuts to specific files!
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Question by:Diane Baron
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by:gplana
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Maybe your files have been erased? Try to right-click on any of the shortcut that doesn't work andd take a look at its properties, so you can see the exactly path to the file. The go to that path and see if the file is still there.

It not, I'm affraid you would have to recover from your previous backup, in case you have one.
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by:Helen_Feddema
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Try deleting the old shortcuts and making new ones by right-dragging each file to the desktop and selecting Create Shortcuts Here from the context menu when you release it.
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by:Diane Baron
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Helen's solution doesn't work for me.  A) When I right-drag the file to the desktop the only option I get is whether I want to MOVE the file to the desktop and B)  I tried right-clicking the file in Windows Explorer to "create a shortcut" but when I tried to open the short cut I only get Excel but the file itself does not open.
Too bad, any other suggestions?
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by:Helen_Feddema
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Does the workbook open OK?
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by:Diane Baron
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NO.  In fact I am having other weird problems with this new version of Excel.  Even when I try to pull up an Excel file from one of my document folders in Windows Explorer, the Excel program opens but it doesn't always show the file.  Also I just worked on an Excel file, added new information to it and when I saved it, it didn't show the new save date when I looked for the file again through Windows Explorer.  The file was updated but the date was old.  Huh?
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Try Office Repair (from Programs and Features).  It will sometimes fix odd problems.
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by:gplana
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This question will be closed accepting Hellen_Feddema solution, which suggest to repair Microsoft Office, as it seems there is some problem with this Microsoft Office installation, and also no comments has been added after this one, suggesting that the problem is solved probably.
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