Office Files Won't Open from Folders

Microsoft Office 2007 home and student
February 23, 2010 at 04:42:34
Specs: Windows Vista
Good morning! Very suddenly, none of my Office files (Word, Excel) will open when I click on shortcuts or the files themselves in their folders. If I open the application then go to file>open and choose the same file, it will open just fine. Any ideas on how to fix this?
Thanks in advance!

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February 23, 2010 at 05:54:32
Open any folder and choose Tool...Folder Options.

Click the File Types tab.

Scroll down to .docx, xlsx, etc. and make sure that they are still associated with Word, Excel, etc.

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February 23, 2010 at 11:45:41
Thank you. As I'm using Vista, I don't have the Tool > Folder option, but I think I found that area anyway. I restored all the defaults, but I'm still getting the same error. The error is this:

Windows cannot find 'C:\myfilename.xls'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

This only happens when I'm trying to open a file by clicking on the file name. When I'm opening the same file from within the application, it works. This is with Excel and Word.

Thanks again.

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February 23, 2010 at 17:59:57
Is it just Office applications? What about PDF's or .txt docs or files that should open in other apps?

I ask so that we can narrow this down to Office vs. Vista.

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April 9, 2010 at 06:06:41
i have the same problem. it is only office files. pdfs work fine

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April 9, 2010 at 07:00:39
You might want to find an Excel file, right click on the file, select Properties down the bottom,in the Properties window make sure the it reads:
Type of File: Excel Worksheet
Opens With: Microsoft Excel for Windows

If it does not, then click the Change button and select the Microsoft Excel entry.

If that fails try doing a Diagnostic:

Running Microsoft Office Diagnostics from within Excel

1. Click the Microsoft Office button

2. Click on the Excel Options button to bring up the Excel Options dialog box

3. Click on the Resources button in the left hand pane

4. Click on the Diagnose button in the right hand pane

5. Click Continue

6. Click Run Diagnostics

Running Microsoft Office Diagnostics from the Start Menu

In the event that you can’t get Excel to run due to errors in the program, the Diagnostics program can be started from your computer's Start Menu. To do this:

1. Click on the Start button in Microsoft Windows

2. Use your mouse to point to All Programs to open the Programs menu

3. Point to Microsoft Office folder in the menu to open it

4. Point to Microsoft Office Tools folder to open it

5. Click Microsoft Office Diagnostics to start the diagnostics program

6. Click Continue

7. Click Run Diagnostics


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