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Posted: January 27th, 2006, 10:26pm Report to Moderator
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My Computer's OS is MS Win XP Home.  I also use MS Excell 97.  For three years the combination has worked fine.  Today when attempting to access my Excell files, received messages that Windows cannot find them.  I can open MS Excell and use the files from Excell's "Recently Used List." Unfortunately, that is set for only four files.  I can find all the appropriate files in the Documents and Settings Folder, but Windows can't find them.  Please help!  Thank you very much.  Sincerely, redbird.
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Posted: January 29th, 2006, 6:10pm Report to Moderator
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Have you tried using detect & repair option under help on the Excel toolbar?
This should repair the shortcuts to the files you were previously able to use.
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Posted: January 30th, 2006, 1:04pm Report to Moderator
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Thank you for your input.  Couldn't find "detect and repair."  Perhaps it was not offered on Excell 97.
Also my subject data is faulty.  It should be "Windows cannot find Excell files."  Sorry about that.  Excell works fine.  Am able to drag and drop my Excell files from the MY Doctuments Folder to Excell.  That way can work all my Spreadsheets.  The problem is cannot access them thru Start-Most Recently Used Files.  Nor can I retrieve them by going to My Documents and clicking on them.  A warning pops up in each case saying "Windows cannot find the file, stating that perhaps the name was mistyped, etc."  The files are where they should be in the Documents and Settings Folder.   But Windows just can't find them.

Thanks again for the time and effort you took.  Redbird.
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Posted: February 10th, 2006, 2:13am Report to Moderator
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   It sounds like Windows no longer associates the file type with Excel or it associates it with an old location of Excel.  The easy way to solve this is to reinstall Excel to the same place that it is now.  That should set up the associations.
   You also may be able to solve this using Windows Explorer.  You might try right clicking on the file, choosing OpenWith, and then set Excel as the program to open it with.
   You can also go to the Tools menu of Windows Explorer and select Folder Options.  On the Folder Options dialog box click on the File Types tab.  Find the file type of your Excel files that you are trying to open.  If you look around at the settings for that file type, you may find your problem.  You can then specify Excel as the program to open them.
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Posted: February 13th, 2006, 2:07pm Report to Moderator
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Thank you very much Ray.  I performed each of the steps you suggested without any success.  While I'm not computer proficient, I know that you are right on with your summation of the problem.  Am using MS Office 97, Professional.  It has a feature on the CD that allows its installed components to be reinstalled to correct minor problems.  Have run that option without any success.  Do you think a complete reinstallation would be in order?  If so, would it be necessary to uninstall Office 97 first?  Have only installed Word 97, Excel 97 and the Office 97 Short cut Bar.  Would I lose any work product?  Everything has been saved to the hard disk.

HP Tech Support has been unable to provide any helpful suggestions, though they are working on it..  So hope that you can.

Thank you once again.  Redbird.
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Posted: February 15th, 2006, 6:29am Report to Moderator
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   I never had much success with the Repair option that you described either.
   I would hope that reinstalling it to the same place without uninstalling Office 97 would work.  So I would try that first.  If that doesn't work, I would try uninstalling Office 97 and then reinstalling.  Surely that will work.
   Make sure that you back up any of your documents that were made with those programs, especially the ones that are in their folders.  Uninstall probably will not delete them, but be safe just in case.
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Posted: February 15th, 2006, 7:04pm Report to Moderator
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Ray, ran the Office 97 feature that allows reinstallation to correct settings, etc.  Failed to correct the problem.  Followed your excellent advice and went for the full uninstall and reinstall.  Worked like a charm.  All programs up and working.  As you said didn't lose any work product.

Thank you very very much.  As always you have come through for us.

Sincerely, redbird.
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