Excel unable to open .xsl files

  PhiltheFragger 13:57 16 Jul 2008
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Vista pc running office 2003 prof with excel installed.

insists on opening excel files with a .xls prefix , with Word.

have been into default programs and tried to change the file association, but it ignores it.

If I right click a .xls file and select open with and navigate to excel,it ignores it

I have uninstalled and reinstalled office

if I open excel and hit open and navigate to the .xls files it opens them up no problem.

any ideas out there

Cheers
Fragger

  €dstowe 14:02 16 Jul 2008

In the title you gave .xsl files. This is different to .xls click here

  nosharpe 14:03 16 Jul 2008

open Excel, open file using Excel, then File SaveAs .xls file type

  PhiltheFragger 17:39 16 Jul 2008

apologies, the filesw in question are .XLS slip of the typewriter, I have already tried to save as and it doesnt change anything.

I use synctoy over a network to back up my docs and the other PC can access the files and open them in excel with no problem.

So I sumise that the files themselves are OK, the problem therefore must be with this vista machine and its inability to associate .XLS files with excel

  LivEviL 19:47 16 Jul 2008

Right click on the file go to properties

where it says "opens with" click on Change... the either select the program or browse for it and make sure that the "always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is ticked

  Ditch999 19:55 16 Jul 2008

This article explains what you need to do click here

  nosharpe 20:19 16 Jul 2008

try File SaveAs type as Excel 97

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