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    Setting the Default version of Excel (2003 & 2007)

    While installing programs on a new PC, I've encountered an issue that I did not have on the previous PC... I installed Office 2003 and then installed Office 2007 to a different location. So, I have both versions of Excel... Whenever I open a spreadsheet, Excel 2007 automatically starts up. This is not what I desire. I would like for the 03 version to be the default.

    I have opened an explorer window; right-clicked on a spreadsheet file; clicked "Open with..."; browsed to and selected C:Microsoft OfficeOffice11Excel; clicked Open and OK. And then Excel 2007 opens up with the chosen spreadsheet. <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15> Am I missing something simple? Obviously, I know I could start up the application first and then Open the desired spreadsheet, but I want the spreadsheet to open when I double-click any xls file.
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    Re: Setting the Default version of Excel (2003 & 2007)

    Even if you set Excel 2003 to be the default application for .xls files temporarily, Excel 2007 will reset the file association next time you run it. So you'll have to live with opening Excel 2003 first; you can then open .xls files in Excel 2003 by double clicking in Windows Explorer (or from within Excel 2003, of course).

    The alternative is not to install Office 2003 and 2007 on the same PC (or boot partition).

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    Re: Setting the Default version of Excel (2003 & 2

    Good evening Hans.
    You know that's not what I wanted to hear <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15>
    But, if that's the way it is... Seems that there should be a regisitry setting somewhere that determines the application (including the path to that application) that opens when a certain file type is clicked upon?

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    Re: Setting the Default version of Excel (2003 & 2

    There is such a setting, but it is rewritten by each version of Excel when you start it...

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    Re: Setting the Default version of Excel (2003 & 2

    I may have found a solution. Seems to be working so far, even after a reboot, and opening / closing both versions of Excel several times...
    <UL><LI>I opened the Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12 directory and renamed "Excel.exe" to "Excel07.exe"
    <LI>Then right-clicked on an ".xls" file - Open with... - browsed to Office11Excel.exe - clicked Open - ticked Always... - and OK
    <LI>Then finally made sure that the shortcut to Excel 2007 still pointed to the proper executable (had to fix that).[/list]Now when I double-click an Excel file, it is opened with Excel 03. If I right-click an Excel file and choose Open with..., I now have a choice (see pic). Eventually, I'll probably do something in Excel 2007 to mess up this arrangement, but for now it's working. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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