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Problem with embedded excel spreadsheet in Word document.

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  • I am having trouble with a word document that has an embedded excel spreadsheet in it.  If you double click on the spreadsheet to edit it, the following error message appears:

    "The program used to create this object is Excel.  That program is not installed on your computer.  To edit this object, you must install a program that can open the object."

    I know that Excel is installed on the PC.  The PC is running Windows XP SP3 x86 and Office Professional Plus 2007.  I have tried editing the spreadsheet on a PC running Windows 7 Pro x64 with the same version of office and it works just fine.  I cannot find any differences in the setting between the two so I do not know why it works one place but not the other.

    Any ideas?

    Monday, April 25, 2011 6:18 PM

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  • If you double click on an Excel file in Windows Explorer, does Excel startup?  If not, right click on such a File and used the Open with item to set Excel as the default program for opening such files.

    If you need to do that, it may also overcome the issue with the embedded worksheet.


    Hope this helps.

    Doug Robbins - Word MVP,
    dkr[atsymbol]mvps[dot]org
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    "Flyguy009" wrote in message news:a86da929-0e18-4d72-988e-497bbb76824a@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    I am having trouble with a word document that has an embedded excel spreadsheet in it.  If you double click on the spreadsheet to edit it, the following error message appears:

    "The program used to create this object is Excel.  That program is not installed on your computer.  To edit this object, you must install a program that can open the object."

    I know that Excel is installed on the PC.  The PC is running Windows XP SP3 x86 and Office Professional Plus 2007.  I have tried editing the spreadsheet on a PC running Windows 7 Pro x64 with the same version of office and it works just fine.  I cannot find any differences in the setting between the two so I do not know why it works one place but not the other.

    Any ideas?


    Doug Robbins - Word MVP dkr[atsymbol]mvps[dot]org
    Monday, April 25, 2011 11:45 PM
  • If you double click on an excel file it opens just fine in excel.  It just when trying to edit embedded spreadsheets in word documents.  The defaults for opening excel spreadsheets is set to use excel.
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:38 PM
  • Hi Flyguy,

    Try going to the Windows Start|Run dialogue box and inputting:
    Excel /regserver

    This will cause Excel to re-register itself and re-write all its registry keys.


    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:39 AM
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    Tuesday, May 03, 2011 6:37 AM
  • Hi Flyguy,

    Try going to the Windows Start|Run dialogue box and inputting:
    Excel /regserver

    This will cause Excel to re-register itself and re-write all its registry keys.


    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]
    This did not fix the problem.  The problem still exists.
    Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:31 PM
  • Hi Flyguy,

    What Addins do you have running?

    Is it an stand-alone embedded object, or a linked one?

    Have you tried repairing your Office installation?

    See also: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960806


    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]
    Thursday, May 12, 2011 4:35 AM
  • I've had same kind of problem. After reinstalling Excel everything started to work fine.

    Thursday, May 12, 2011 9:23 AM
  • The addins that are installed are Cisco Viewmail and Cisco Unity.  It is a stand-alone embedded object.  I have also tried reinstalling Office.
    Monday, May 16, 2011 6:22 PM
  • You might try running Word without those addins and see if it works correctly without them. For example, start Word via Start|Run: winword /a
    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011 1:55 AM
  • I will give it a shot, but we have other PC's with the same plugins running that do not have the problem.
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011 1:22 PM
  • If the document works fine for someone else when they log onto your PC and open the document, it may be an issue related to your user profile.
    Conversely, if the document works fine for you when you when you log onto another PC and open it there, it's most likely something specific to your PC.
    But if others have the same problem on your PC and you have the same problem on theirs' it may be that the document is corrupt.

     


    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 4:37 AM
  • I still have the problem after all of those ideas macropod.

     

    Just to clarify all standard troubleshooting methods have been completed and the problem remains. The file is not corrupt. I created an entirely new file and the problem is still there. I opened multiple other documents and the problem still remained. It's also not a profile issue, I have deleted the profile and had it recreated, and the problem still remains. As far as I can tell it seems to possibly be related to an update that was pushed out by WSUS. But that is not for sure. The only thing that fixes the issue is to do a complete system rebuild. After the rebuild there are several office related security patches and updates that come down from WSUS. If I can have any additional ideas that would be great. It's almost like the embedded excel thinks it's a picture. Every time I go to select it the format picture tab opens up on the ribbon menu.

     

    Thanks for any additional ideas.


    Thursday, May 19, 2011 2:33 PM
  • Try the (untried) approaches suggested here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/921541
    http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/AppErrors/ProblemsStartingWord.htm and
    http://lounge.windowssecrets.com/index.php?showtopic=197827
    for various series of troubleshooting steps that will help you track down (and hopefully solve) the problem.
    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]
    Friday, May 20, 2011 6:08 AM
  • Delete the Excel instance running in the background. Go to your task manager and delete it. After this, open your Word document and edit your embedded Excel.
    • Proposed as answer by WHITCHY Monday, June 02, 2014 1:14 AM
    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:33 PM
  • Delete the Excel instance running in the background. Go to your task manager and delete it. After this, open your Word document and edit your embedded Excel.

    After trying all other listed suggestions with no luck, this resolved the issue for me.

    Thanks heaps!

    Monday, June 02, 2014 1:16 AM