Excel/Word says file already open

  Halmer 19:54 03 Dec 03

When I try to open a file in Word or Excel it tells me that the file is already in use when it isn't.

Word asks me if I wish to make a copy anmd Excel says that I must close the first file first or something like that.

Can anyone explain why please?

  Diodorus Siculus 20:22 03 Dec 03

I have heard of this before - will you post the exact error message as I cannot find a reference to it at the moment.

  Halmer 20:33 03 Dec 03

A document with the name 'directdebits.xls' is already open. You cannot open two documents with the same name, even if the documents are in different folders. To open the second document, either close the document that's currently open, or rename one of the documents.

  Halmer 20:35 03 Dec 03

if I open Word or Excel first and then open the document through File/Open/ etc it opens up fine in both programs. It's only when I go through Explorer or off the shortcut on my desktop.


  Diodorus Siculus 20:36 03 Dec 03

click here


click here and work through google's suggestions.

  Halmer 20:49 03 Dec 03

Is there a similar suggestion for Word please?

  Diodorus Siculus 21:00 03 Dec 03

For word, you will need to do a google search for the exact phrase - in inverted commas "...".

  Halmer 21:50 03 Dec 03

once again.

Do i delete the actual yellow folder?

Seems a bit risky to me!!

  Halmer 19:25 04 Dec 03

with a reinstall of Office thanks as suggested in one of the articles.

Many thanks.


  TABBYCAT 18:15 08 Dec 03


  Diodorus Siculus 18:46 08 Dec 03

click here

PS Please don't shout (using capitals)!

If it does not work, try a new posting as people may ignore this as it is ticked.

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