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When you double-click an Excel workbook (.xls) file to open it, you may receive the following error message:
Note In this example, path is the location of the workbook file.
Cannot find the file path (or one of its components). Make sure the path and file name are correct and that all required libraries are available.
Excel starts, but it does not open the workbook that you double-clicked. Instead, it opens a blank workbook.
You can open the workbook if you click Open on the File menu.
This problem may occur if registry entries for earlier versions of Excel conflict with registry entries for your current version. This condition can exist if you had an earlier version of Excel previously installed on your computer.
To resolve this problem, remove the registry entries for earlier versions of Excel. Registry entries for Excel are found in subkeys that correspond with the version, as shown in the following table:
Determine which version of Excel that you are currently running, and then rename the subkeys from earlier versions, as shown in the following procedure. For example, if you are currently running Excel 2002, rename any Excel subkeys that appear in the 8.0 and 9.0 subkeys. If you are currently running Excel 2000, rename only the Excel subkeys that appear in the 8.0 subkey. These subkeys may not appear on all systems.
Excel Version Subkey Name ------------------------------ 97 8.0 2000 9.0 2002 10.0
To remove the conflicting registry entries, follow these steps:
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:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/304424/ )When you click a file icon, Excel starts but the file does not open as expected
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494/ )Excel opens without displaying a workbook
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/207574/ )Error message when opening a file by double-clicking the file name
Article ID: 323216 - Last Review: February 1, 2007 - Revision: 3.5