Excel opens without displaying a workbook

When you double click on an Excel workbook (.xlsx or .xls), the following message appears.

In versions of Excel pre-2007, you could fix this by editing the Open options in the WIndows Explorer, disabling DDE and adding the “%1” at the end of the command path. This is not available in Vista. However, it is not built in to the Excel Options. Open up Excel Options.

Click , then .

Go to Advanced, then the General section and remove the check on “Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)”

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