Office 2016 xls file won't open on double click

Double clicking file in a folder only starts Excel...actual spread sheet does not load...must open manually

This didn't happen with Office 10

Word docs and power point files open properly....this only happens with Excel

Any help appreciated

(Windows 10 Pro 64 bit upgrade from Windows 7 Pro- Office 2016 loaded over 2010 and then 2010 removed using Microsoft fixit)

Thanks

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Start Excel.

Select File > Options.

Select Advanced in the navigation pane on the left hand side.

Scroll down to the General section.

Make sure that the check box 'Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)' is clear (not ticked).

Click OK.

If that doesn't help, you can try repairing Office 2016 from the Programs and Features control panel.

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I had the same problem with Excel 2016. A day or so later, I experienced a hard drive failure. Hopefully for you, those problems weren't related! After replacing the drive, reloading Windows, and then reloading Office, the problem disappeared. However, I have a similar problem with my PC at home. There, the PC does not seem to recognize that Excel 2016 is even there. I can open Excel, and I can open a file with it (but not by double-clicking). When I try to associate .xls and similar files with Excel, Excel isn't even a choice on the list of programs. And even after opening a spreadsheet and editing it with Excel, when it's closed it still does not display an Excel icon beside it. Again, it's like  Windows does not even know the program is there, although it is listed in the Start menu. Very odd, and I suspect it's not going to get fixed without reinstalling Office once again, and probably losing toolbar tweaks and other personalization in the process.

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Have you tried repairing Office 2016 from the Programs and Features control panel?

By the way, reinstalling Office should leave your personal settings unchanged.

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I have not tried that yet, but will this evening when I return to my home PC. I wasn't aware of that feature until reading some posts here - honestly, I've had very, very few problems with Office over the years, so I haven't had many problems to "repair." And that's good to know that my personalization can survive a reload of Office. Thanks for your input and help!

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had already checked this...'Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)' was not checked

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Fixed-repaired Office in CP...thanks to those that replied

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Like PDW911, I was also able to use the Quick Repair tool, found in the Control Panel, to repair the installation. Worked like a charm! Note to readers that you must go to the same screen you would use to uninstall a program, highlight Microsoft Office, and choose "Change" rather than Uninstall. Then you'll get the option to repair the installation. Thanks for your help HansV!

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Thank you so much - this fixed the problem...(and it was driving me crazy!)

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Thanks, This worked for me also! Win7 10Jul16

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I did the 'full' repair.

"We'll be done in just a moment" took a very long moment (quarter of an hour).

Clicked on an xls file and hey presto Excel opened but the xls file didn't.

Then I tried the quick repair.

The

"Repearing.

Working on it" progress bar appeared endlessly.

Not much happened.

"This shouldn't take long. Thanks for being patient."

Clicked on an xls file and hey presto Excel opened but the xls file didn't.

Disgraceful. They can't get anything right first time.

If only Lotus 1-2-3 was still around.

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