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When you double-click a Microsoft Excel file type (.xls), Excel starts as expected, but then you may receive an error message that is similar to the following:
When you click OK on the error message, the message reappears. After you repeatedly click OK, the file opens.
C:\filename.xls' could not be found. Check the spelling of the file name, and verify that the file location is correct. If you are trying to open the file from your list of most recently used files on the File menu, make sure that the file has not been renamed, moved, or deleted.
This behavior can occur if the Open action entry for this file type ends in %1.
If the Open action of the file type is edited and the line is restored before you press OK, a %1 is added to the registry key.
If you intentionally add a %1 to the Open action entry for this file type, a %1 is added to the registry key. If you subsequently delete the %1 from the Open action entry, the registry key remains unchanged and must be manually edited.
Additionally, this issue can occur when you manually change the file association of .xls files, or in some circumstances, when you are running multiple versions of Excel on the same computer.
To resolve this issue, install the latest cumulative updates for Office Excel. You can find the latest cumulative updates by following the following link:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953878/ )Cumulative updates are available from the Microsoft Office team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To work around this issue, follow these steps:
Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
To change the Open action of a file type, follow these steps:
Article ID: 207574 - Last Review: August 4, 2012 - Revision: 7.0