Excel: How to Troubleshoot Excel opening blank when you double-click a file icon or file name


When you double-click an icon or file name for a Microsoft Excel workbook, Excel starts but displays a blank screen where you expect the file to appear.


To resolve this problem, try the following methods, as appropriate, in the given order.

Method 1: Ignore DDE
Method 2: Repair User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
Method 3: Reset file associations
Method 4: Repair Office
Method 5: Turn off add-ins
Method 6: Disable hardware acceleration
If you still experience this problem after you try all these methods, contact Microsoft Support for additional troubleshooting help.


Article ID: 2994633 - Last Review: Nov 10, 2016 - Revision: 1