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Windows 7: Double click Excel file may not work


30 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Double click Excel file may not work

I'm using Windows 7 and Office 2007 and Excel is having this issue. When I double click a particular Excel spreadsheet I get the following error:

Excel cannot access 'FILE.xls'. The document may be read-only or encrypted.

I click OK. Then :

'FILE.xls' cannot be accessed. The file may be corrupted, located on a server that is not responding, or is read-only.

I click OK

This does not happen in all cases. Some Excel files can be opened with a double click. Some files work OK. With this file,if I open Excel first then select the file using file->open the file loads fine. I have checked the file association, it's fine. I've checked the file attributes, it's not flagged read-only.


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31 Jan 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Make a copy of the problematic file and keep it in a safe place.

Open Excel and then open the problematic file using File > Open
Save the file as an XLSX file.
Close Excel

Open Excel and then open that XLSX file using File > Open
Save the file as an "Excel 97-2003 Workbook" XLS file.
Close Excel

Test opening the XLS version just saved via double click.
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31 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7
 
 

When I attempt this it tells me it will remove the VBA code from the file. I do want to retain the VBA code but tried your suggestion anyway. It still brings up the same errors.
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31 Jan 2013   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Is this file on a server? If so, what happens if you copy it to your desktop?
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01 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7
 
 

It's not a network file. It's in a directory on my C: drive under My Documents

Interesting though it does work on my desktop, but not from the My Documents directory. So I would assume it's something with that directory or inherited rights?
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01 Feb 2013   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Googling one of the errors that you mentioned showed a few returns pointing to this being a permissions issue - specifically a file ownership thing. You can try taking ownership if you wish.
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04 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7
 
 
Ownership

I took ownership of the file, but still get the same errors. I am logging into a network profile, if that makes any difference.
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04 Feb 2013   #8

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Do you have another computer that you can test this on?
Can you make these errors happen with a file that can be uploaded to the forum?
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05 Feb 2013   #9

Windows 7
 
 
Tried Already

Yep, tried the file on another computer and it worked fine.
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05 Feb 2013   #10

Windows 7
 
 
On a side note

On a side note, I was unable to save a Word 2007 file if I double click opened it today. It turned out to be an add-in. Microsoft Fix It found that issue. Probably an Adobe update yesterday did that. I might try turning off add-ins on Excel.

Update: Disabled Add-ons in Excel and it made no difference. Additional note. Created a Microsoft Project file yesterday. No problems with it. Today it gave errors opening a temp file and crashed back to desktop. Opening MS Project, then opening the file from the menu selection works fine.

Could something be messed up in the file association system but not the icon properties?
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