Windows 10: How to make Excel 2016 the default app to open xls and xlsx data files

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  1.    10 Sep 2016 #1

    How to make Excel 2016 the default app to open xls and xlsx data files


    I know how I'm supposed to do it, SETTINGS==>DEFAULT APPS==>CHOOSE THE DEFAULT APP BY FILE TYPE, but Excel 2016 is not an option. Instead, it tries to send me to the App Store. I think I have tried everything except reinstalling Office.
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  2.    10 Sep 2016 #2

    socklosk said: View Post
    I know how I'm supposed to do it, SETTINGS==>DEFAULT APPS==>CHOOSE THE DEFAULT APP BY FILE TYPE, but Excel 2016 is not an option. Instead, it tries to send me to the App Store. I think I have tried everything except reinstalling Office.
    Use Control panel, default programs, associate a file type - you have more options to select version.

    If your 2016 is the desktop version, you have to bury into menus by clicking more apps and scrolling until you find "look for another app on this pc", and then navigate to the 2016 excel executable.
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  3.    10 Sep 2016 #3

    That did it! Thanks!
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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4

    cereberus said: View Post
    Use Control panel, default programs, associate a file type - you have more options to select version.

    If your 2016 is the desktop version, you have to bury into menus by clicking more apps and scrolling until you find "look for another app on this pc", and then navigate to the 2016 excel executable.
    I do not get the option to look for another app on the pc, I get the option to look for an app in the app store.

    Why is Microsoft trying to be Apple ?
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       4 Weeks Ago #5

    john kingston said: View Post
    I do not get the option to look for another app on the pc, I get the option to look for an app in the app store.

    Why is Microsoft trying to be Apple ?
    Have you tried going into Control Panel, Default Programs and making changes there to set the file type/s to open as desired?
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  6.    4 Weeks Ago #6

    For some reason it wont update the setting for Excel 2016 to open .xls files

    Default Apps
    Set default by app
    Excel 2016
    Choose defaults for this program
    tick .xls Microsoft Excel 97-2003
    Current default - unknown application
    save

    Does not update the current default from unknown application

    (unfortunately I dont know how to screen dump the screen I am looking at )

    John
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  7.    1 Week Ago #7

    I am having the exact same issue as John posted above.
    I've tried the above option as well as changing the protected view settings - nothing works. This is extremely annoying and I agree with an earlier poster who said "Why is Microsoft trying to be Apple" If you have a product that works please keep it operating in the same fundamental manner. I don't want to go to the $^%# app store. Any assistance will be well received. Here is a screen shot:

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  8.    1 Week Ago #8

    You are supposed to double click on the entry for .xls in control Panel > Set Associations and in the window that opens choose "More Apps" then in the file explorer window that opens up browse to the Excel executable and select it.

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    See: Cant find Office applications in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7? - Office Support

    So launch Excel and leave it running. Start Task Manager [Ctrl+Shift+Esc]

    In task manager processes tab scroll to excel.exe and right click on it. Choose "open file location" from the list and in the window that opens locate excel.exe and note the folder path. Use that path to browse to the executable in the step above that mentions browsing to the executable.
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  9.    1 Week Ago #9

    Callender said: View Post
    You are supposed to double click on the entry for .xls in control Panel > Set Associations and in the window that opens choose "More Apps" then in the file explorer window that opens up browse to the Excel executable and select it.

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    See: Cant find Office applications in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7? - Office Support

    So launch Excel and leave it running. Start Task Manager [Ctrl+Shift+Esc]

    In task manager processes tab scroll to excel.exe and right click on it. Choose "open file location" from the list and in the window that opens locate excel.exe and note the folder path. Use that path to browse to the executable in the step above that mentions browsing to the executable.
    Thanks for the info but unfortunately when I double click NOTHING happens
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  10.    1 Week Ago #10

    I really appreciate your help, but I keep getting the pop-up that sends me to the app store
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