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Unable To Open Excel Attachment


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#1 KMCCAIN

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 05:18 PM

I received an e-mail with excel attachment (.xls). When I tried to open the attachment I got an error message I've never seen before: "This action is only valid for products that are currently installed."

I downloaded excel viewer 2003, but I still get the same message.

Using Windows XP Home, Outlook Express.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 06:56 AM

Was this ever solved? Outlook Express has problems with attachments unless you configure it propperly. The workaround would be, providing you can connect to your email, is to download the attachment from the web.

Have a look at Blocked Outlook Express Attatchments ? - The Solution! or Free Outlook Express Extractor download - Extract outlook express ...

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:49 PM

Yours is the only answer I've had to this question. Thanks, I will look at the sites you suggested.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 06:29 PM

Did you download the attachment, and THEN try to view it, or did you try to open it directly from the E-mail?
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:28 PM

It's been awhile but I know I originally tried to open the attachment from e-mail, as I normally would. Then I downloaded the "viewer" & tried again to open from e-mail, with the same result.

In the meantime I received the attachment in a different format -- but for future reference, would like to know what my problem is.

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:38 PM

What was the "different format', and what was the original file type? Perhaps if we knew the differences, it might help to understand the problem you had.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:16 AM

If you have no program for opening this file format then I would say maybe download Open Office. This is a free version of office developed for the open source market. It can be used to open normal office files.
Ther are subtile differances between it and real office but for a free version it is very good.
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Posted 26 March 2007 - 09:06 PM

What was the "different format', and what was the original file type? Perhaps if we knew the differences, it might help to understand the problem you had.
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John


The format I successfully received was Adobe Reader. The original file type was Excel spead sheet, or .xls ext.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 07:50 AM

I can't open Excel files from Outlook or by right clicking in my explorer directories. The only way I open Excel files is to save the file to my hard drive and use file-open within Excel
..... Here are the messages: "the system cannot find the file specified" in Excel I get message after message about no file found!
It just happened out of the blue, I use to be able to open, print, view right from Outlook.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 08:00 AM

merdatous, did you try the links fozzie gave in post #2?
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