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Spreadsheet with/without MSN Excel
roduke41 - 20-8-2008 at 15:00

Every month for several years I have accessed my own spreadsheet offline from desktop icon.
To utter consternation and increasing frustration, today OPEN brought up the file BUT can do nothing with it.
Same results with backups on different drives.

Consequently told browse to find program from which can OPEN. Obvious choice MSN Excel. Result: "Cannot find any version ...to open file for edit".

Further on I installed msn xlviewer. In Open process came box, "Office Source Engine (Process ID: 2120) running. Need to Close". How/where to do so no idea. I am on Vista Ultimate with !E7; note not included in list for this item.

FYI, I only have Office 2002 (with Excel 2002), but cannot even remember last time I used it for anything. Also note many MSN references to Office 2003, but hardly ever 2002.
Point is, HOW CAN I GET BACK WHERE I WAS & NOT BE REFERRED TO NEED FOR A PROGRAM (EXCEL)?
Only secondarily (and reluctantly) interested in making Excel function to restore ability to use my spreadsheet.

I will be most grateful for help in this unexpected problem.free


Theravad - 20-8-2008 at 21:38

Quote:
Originally posted by roduke41

I will be most grateful for help in this unexpected problem.free


I have seen something similar if you open the excel file with a later version ( 2007 ) and save it back - opening with Office 2003 is then impossible without installing the filters.

Office 2002 (AFAIK) was called Office XP rather than Office 2002 - vaugue memory of this.

I would try:
- Open Excel 2002
- Use EXcel->File->Open and find your file
- Open the file (if it allows you to )

This will avoid the program association headaches in explorer and force it to be opened in Excel.

If you still have a problem, try opening the file with Google documents.

Good luck

T


roduke41 - 21-8-2008 at 08:55

Appreciate prompt response Therabad.
Will certainly try your suggestion.
Cordially, RO


LSemmens - 21-8-2008 at 12:45

What is the file extension, Ro, xls, xlsm, xlsb, or csv? I suspect that you may have a corrupt excel file. There may be a backup or recovery file to fix the problem. Generally with an extension with a $ sign somewhere in it. Usually in the same folder as the original file.