Cannot set Excel as default for .xls files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by msb1969, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. msb1969

    msb1969 Guest

    I recently installed Office 2007 on my machine with Windows Vista Premium.
    Upon installation Office did not automatically set the default program for
    opening .xls file to Excel like it used to. Now Windows will not let me set
    Excel as the default for opening .xls files. It will let me choose almost
    any other program...but not Excel which is the one I need.
    msb1969, Feb 18, 2007
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  2. msb1969

    Fedwayguy Guest

    There is a cheap program out called 'Recover My Files'. It will recover
    most any file that hasn't been formatted over or written over.
    Fedwayguy, Feb 19, 2007
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  3. How are you trying to set the default? What happens when you try?
    Keith Miller MVP, Feb 19, 2007
  4. msb1969

    Loanwoof Guest

    I'm having the same problem - Vista will recognize Excel 2007 as th
    default application for other file types (.xlsx, .xlsm, etc

    Even when I highlight the .xls filetype, click "Change Program" an
    browse to the Office 2007 directory and double click on Excel.exe i
    isn't recognized as a program (most any other .exe will be recognize
    and set as the default

    I've done a re-install and a repair installation, no joy.
    Interestingly, though not surprisingly, I'm having the exact same issu
    with .doc files and Word 2007
    Loanwoof, Feb 2, 2009
  5. msb1969

    DL Guest

    Theres something wrong with your Office installation, installing 2007 should
    set all older version files to open in 2007 by default
    Post to an Office group for further advice.
    And post direct to MS groups, not via some other means, which fails to
    include any threads
    DL, Feb 3, 2009
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