Windows 10: Excel Icon on taskbar does not open file, only program Solved

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  1. Posts : 20,707
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       09 Feb 2016 #21

    OK, I see what you mean. I pinned Excel to the Task Bar and opened its jump list and clicked on a file. It opened as it should.

    I don't think it's an Excel problem. It looks to me that it's a Windows problem.

    Edit: I just pinned Word to the Task Bar and got the same result. However, what I'm seeing is that only those files I've worked on recently will show up when I right click on the app. But they open just fine for me.

    I'm with Simrick; if you have one more than ten days old, I'd do a Restore.
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  2. Posts : 79
    windows 10 64 bit v1607 v1709 (6/11/17)
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       09 Feb 2016 #22

    As I think I mentioned somewhere, my backups have not been working; in fact the last time I tried to reset it was 10 days ago
    and the restore point ran ok on Feb 7- 2 days ago- and that's the only on that has worked. This problem started probably over 10 days ago. I can't think of any other software updates, other than win 10 which is automatic . The last five, since Jan 18th are:
    Realtek Audio Jan 18, Malwarebytes Feb 1, Panda Free Antivirus Feb 3, and CCleaner and Office 2013 Feb 8
    Wayne
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       09 Feb 2016 #23

    keesadad said: View Post
    As I think I mentioned somewhere, my backups have not been working; in fact the last time I tried to reset it was 10 days ago
    and the restore point ran ok on Feb 7- 2 days ago- and that's the only on that has worked. This problem started probably over 10 days ago. I can't think of any other software updates, other than win 10 which is automatic . The last five, since Jan 18th are:
    Realtek Audio Jan 18, Malwarebytes Feb 1, Panda Free Antivirus Feb 3, and CCleaner and Office 2013 Feb 8
    Wayne
    Did you possibly install the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware beta? That one did a number on my Office 365 2016 subscription; so much so that I had to do a clean install of Windows 10 Insider. MB decided that my O365 update files were malware. Since Office updates "silently" install . . .

    Is your Office 2013 a standalone version or a subscription?
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    windows 10 64 bit v1607 v1709 (6/11/17)
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       09 Feb 2016 #24

    To Hideout/wynona, my (vague) recollection is that there was a significant win 10 update around the time that this problem started, but since Word works fine on the Taskbar I was leaning towards Excel. Other things, like not being able to double-
    click an Excel filename at first suggests Win 10, except that that double-click works fine for .doc, .docx, .pdf files
    in the same folder. So my bet is still on Excel.

    Wayne
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  5. Posts : 79
    windows 10 64 bit v1607 v1709 (6/11/17)
    Thread Starter
       09 Feb 2016 #25

    Just a thought- I may have gone into Excel/Options to fix something that was annoying me; is there anything in there
    that might cause such an issue ?
    Wayne
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  6.    09 Feb 2016 #26

    keesadad said: View Post
    Just a thought- I may have gone into Excel/Options to fix something that was annoying me; is there anything in there
    that might cause such an issue ?
    Wayne
    Hmmmm.....like what did you "fix"?
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       09 Feb 2016 #27

    keesadad said: View Post
    Just a thought- I may have gone into Excel/Options to fix something that was annoying me; is there anything in there
    that might cause such an issue ?
    Wayne
    As Simrick asked, what was annoying you and how did you fix it. Maybe go back and undo the fix?
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  8. Posts : 79
    windows 10 64 bit v1607 v1709 (6/11/17)
    Thread Starter
       09 Feb 2016 #28

    I can't say for certain, but one thing that was bugging me is Win 10 Mail, which insists on capitalizing the first letter of each row,
    instead of the first letter of each sentence, which is what the parameter states. Word used to do that, but doesn't anymore.
    (I know these are options in the Excel file, but I sometimes think they are generic to many MS products)

    Apart from that, whatever I did set differently I know what that option does or doesn't do, I never change anything that I don't understand and I've probably been using Excel for 30 years.
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       09 Feb 2016 #29

    keesadad said: View Post
    I can't say for certain, but one thing that was bugging me is Win 10 Mail, which insists on capitalizing the first letter of each row,
    instead of the first letter of each sentence, which is what the parameter states. Word used to do that, but doesn't anymore.
    (I know these are options in the Excel file, but I sometimes think they are generic to many MS products)

    Apart from that, whatever I did set differently I know what that option does or doesn't do, I never change anything that I don't understand and I've probably been using Excel for 30 years.
    Then you probably know way, way more than I do about Excel. I've checked the options in 2016 and don't find anything indicating any sort of shortcuts.

    Just to be sure we're on the same page:
    1. When you right click on the Excel icon in the Task Bar, you see your various Excel files.
    2. When you click on one of these files, it won't open at all.
    3. You know the file you want exists on your computer.
    4. The above works as it should in Word.

    Have you considered reinstalling Office 2013?
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  10. Posts : 79
    windows 10 64 bit v1607 v1709 (6/11/17)
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       09 Feb 2016 #30

    To Wynona
    re Malwarebytes, the version # bring shown is 2.1.6.1022 (there is apparently a new version available but haven't downloaded.
    re Office, it is a stand-alone purchase from when I upgraded my laptop to the Asus I am using ( I don't believe
    in storing the software I own on someone else's computer, applies to OneDrive, etc.)
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