can't find microsoftworks spreadsheet

May 16, 2011 at 05:31:21
Specs: Windows Vista
cannot find the directory C;\Users\kevin...\2011Trainingdiary.xlr. This appear when I try to open my spreadsheet. Using windows vista.

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#1
May 16, 2011 at 14:32:59
Are you trying to open it from a desktop shortcut? If so It might just be the shortcut link to it that has gone wrong.

Try a Search for the file 2011Trainingdiary.xlr (presumably that is your file). If you find it, note the path then create a replacement shortcut.

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#2
May 16, 2011 at 16:09:42
I believe xlr was supposed to be xls

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#3
May 16, 2011 at 16:38:27
wanderer

I thought the same so I googled it before responding.
Seems we are behind the times:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filee...

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#4
May 16, 2011 at 16:52:51
Good to know. Funny how MS has to change names/looks just to make it appear they are giving you something new.

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#5
May 16, 2011 at 17:07:46
.... another darned file I probably can't open.

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#6
May 16, 2011 at 17:53:18
Thanks, but I still can't open the spreadsheet.

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#7
May 16, 2011 at 18:48:45
Where are you opening the file from, within Works or a desktop shortcut?

Did you search for the file then drill down through the folders and find the actual file?
If so, did you get the same error message when you clicked on it?

Does the same thing happen with other xlr spreadsheets?

What I'm trying to establish is whether it is a problem with the file itself or accessing it. We should then be in a better position to help.

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#8
May 17, 2011 at 03:46:23
I've tried to open from a shortcut and through works. I have only 2 files, one is the 2011 training diary and a template. The same error appears whenever I try to open it.

The only thing I have done "different" is allow Norton Security to "chat" this past sat. My spreadsheet worked fine on fri. I had to give permision to chat. Had to "run" and accept before I could chat. Did'nt have a security problem, just gettting a refund.


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#9
May 17, 2011 at 05:31:19
So when you go to the file itself and double click it you still get the same error?

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#10
May 17, 2011 at 06:06:48
Yes. Nothing seems to be able to open it, at least nothing I know about.

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#11
May 17, 2011 at 09:19:39
When you find the file itself from within Windows file system and double click it, do you still get the same error message? If so can you write down the message and type it on here exactly as it is (what you originally posted was incomplete).

If not, when double clicking the file itself from Within Windows file system, what exactly happens?

If all else fails you could use System Restore but it would be worth checking the above first. I can't yet understand why it is querying the path when you double click the file itself because it doesn't need to know the path - you are already there.

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#12
May 17, 2011 at 09:28:58
Derek, the message is......... "cannot find the directory C;\Users\kevin...\2011Trainingdiary.xlr." I copied that from the "box" This is what appears when I try to open it. Single or double click results in the same message.

Tell me what looks incomplete and I'll check it again a little later. Thanks.


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#13
May 17, 2011 at 12:45:11
The error path given is truncated - there appears to be something missing where it shows three dots. Most likely the missing bit of path is via My Documents. Also C; is weird as it would normally be C: (which can make all the difference). It makes little sense as a path but clearly that is what you get.

So, let's try a difference apporach. Instead can you tell me exactly where the "2011Trainingdiary.xlr" file resides in the system (path including folders)?

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#14
May 17, 2011 at 13:28:33
It is C:

I start from the "start" button, click micosoft works spreadsheet from the list, click file then 2011 TrainingDiary. All single clicks. At the top of the spreadsheet appears "Unsaved Spreadsheet-Microsoft Works Spreadsheet". I know it is unsaved b/c I save it when I enter new info. Hope this helps.


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#15
May 17, 2011 at 14:07:22
Nope, what I've been wanting all along is the location of the actual file "2011Trainingdiary.xlr", ie where it is stored in the system. If we can run it from there then it is a Works problem but at least the workaround would be to create some sort of shortcut to it and others. There is also the possibility of recreating the correct xlr file association and fixing the problem properly.

Go to the Start orb and search for it by typing its exact name (presumably 2011Trainingdiary.xlr) in the white space marked as Start Search. If you find it listed, right click its entry and select Properties. What I want is given in "Location" - you should be able to Copy/Paste it onto here. In fact if you put *.xlr in the search box it should show "all" xlr type files.

Assuming you get that far, then follow the path given to find the file itself - I can help if necessary. When you get to the file, double click it and see if it opens your spreadsheet.

Sorry if I've somehow been unable to explain exactly what I wanted - presumably you are not used to peering into the file system.

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#16
May 17, 2011 at 14:33:16
OK, for diary location, "target location" is notes. Entering *.xlr came up with "no items match your search".

In the box "2011 training diray properties the tabs general, security and details will not work. The shortcut tab is whats showing.

Double clicking does not open the spreadsheet.

I'm not familiar with the finer details of searching files.


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#17
May 17, 2011 at 14:40:37
OK, I've just worked out a way to make it easier for you to create an association with xlr files (without having to locate your own file). I'm assuming, from what you've said, that the issue is a bad file association.

Open NotePad and type in anything you like - "test" will do. Select "Save As" and save it as "test.xlr" (without the quotes). Look to see where it is putting it (probably in Documents). Go to Documents, or wherever, and find the file test.xlr.

Right click the file and choose "Open With", then move down to "Choose Default Program". If "Microsoft Works Spreadsheet" is listed then choose that (making sure the box "always open with..." is ticked) and OK your way out. If "Microsoft Works Spreadsheet" is not listed then click the browse button. You should already be in Program Files so move down to Microsoft Works, then wksss.exe (opening each folder as you go, by double clicking) then left click the wksss.exe file.

Click the Open button then OK your way out. Your test file should now open as a Works spreadsheet and with any luck your own file will now open properly too.

You would have had to do all this if you found your own file, so this method saves you having to search for it.

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#18
May 17, 2011 at 15:01:38
Completed all the above and the "test" spreadsheet opens, but I get the same error when trying to open the 2011 training diary spreadsheet.

Sorry you're spending so much time on this.


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#19
May 17, 2011 at 15:11:13
Go back to the test file right now and ensure it still opens by double clicking it (I want to be sure that the association has stayed).

If so I'm now a bit stumped. If you could find your "2011 training diary spreadsheet" file (as per my #15) then we could check to see if something has gone wrong with that particular file. This seems likely because it sounds as if the test file is opening quite normally.

Have a look in Documents because that is where my Vista laptop puts its spreadsheet files. If not, open Works Spreadsheets and make a small test file (text will do) then choose "Save As". See where it wants to put the file because it is most likely your training diary spreadsheet will have been put there too.

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#20
May 17, 2011 at 15:21:28
The diary may be gone. I opened the works spreadsheet and checked history, but nothing comes up under 2011 trainingdiray. I even did a search in works and my documents w/o finding anything. I'll give it a liitle more effort tonight when I get home from work.

I really appreciate all your help, but don't spend anymore time on it. Thanks.


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#21
May 17, 2011 at 15:28:39
Yes, if the file has gone it could be the answer.

I'll keep monitoring this post anyhow just in case you pop back.

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