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Windows 7: Windows 7 wont allow me to open an Excel spreadsheet

01 Jan 2014   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

Carry out all the suggestions that UsernameIssues has suggested.
It seems to me that when you copied your "Housekeeping" spreadsheet to the Desktop it has corrupted the Excel start up.

Do you keep your Excel spreadsheets in a folder located in the Documents Library. If so, see if your "Housekeeping" spreadsheet is there & if it is copy it to a USB stick. Check the files in the USB stick to make sure it is there. Remove the USB stick.
Now delete the "Housekeeping" spreadsheet from that document folder list & delete the short cut on the desktop.
It may be a good idea to restart your computer, then check if clicking on your Task bar Excel shortcut opens Excel as it should normally. If all seems normal, check that other spreadsheets work as they should.
If all is well, then copy your "Housekeeping" spreadsheet from the USB stick back to your spreadsheet document folder & not to the desktop.
When that is done remove the USB stick & double click on the newly copied "Housekeeping" spreadsheet & see if it opens normally, close it & see if Excel opens normally from the Task bar as well.
If that works, then open your spreadsheets folder again & right click on the "Housekeeping" spreadsheet & select "send to desktop" shortcut.
Finally check that the new desktop shortcut will open the "Housekeeping" spreadsheet.

Before doing anything just check that Excel is not set to start when you start your computer. Click on the Start button, then All Programs & scroll down to Startup, left click & see what's there. if Excel is there then it should be deleted.
A computer restart will be required, so Excel will close & not reopen when back up & running again.

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02 Jan 2014   #12

Windows 7 home

Chaps. Thanks so much for your help. You were right the file in XLSTART was buggered. Why I dont know but I deleted it and copied the file from the USB onto the Desktop and bingo it comes up with no error message from the Taskbar or the Desktop icon. It's odd that it boots straight up into the 'Housekeeping' spreadsheet though without it being in XLSTART. But it works..

Cheers for your time and your clear instructions. Now I can get my finance back in order.

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02 Jan 2014   #13

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Glad that you got it sorted.

Make sure that you have SP3 installed for Office 2003.

You can mark this thread as solved.
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02 Jan 2014   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

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