Excel - Probs opening files

  1973 15:12 04 Feb 03

If I have an Excel file open and then attempt to open an Excel attachment from within Outlook it attempts to open the attachment within the already opened file - but the worksheet is blank.

I can open the attachment seperately - whats going on here then ?

  cherria 10:24 06 Feb 03

It sounds like a problem with the file association and the open action relating to .xls file types.

in windows explorer go to tools options file types
(may be in view options file types depending on windows version)

find the microsoft excel sheet file type and edit this. It should tell you the default file type is .xls and should have a number of actions associated (open, print, view etc.) click on open and click edit.

the command should read something like

"c:\program files\microsoft office\office\excel.exe" /e

and use DDE should be clicked with the DDE message being


and the application specifiedc as Excel

give that a go and post back if it doesn;t work

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