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(Re)Making Excel the Default Spreadsheet Program

by flingwing / August 14, 2010 9:56 PM PDT

On a WinXP machine, I'm running Excel 2007 and recently added Corel WordPerfect Suite X5.

Without knowing it, and certainly without approving it myself, WP's Quattro Pro spreadsheet program made itself the *default* program for all types of spreadsheet files.

Question: How can I stop Quattro Pro from being the default spreadsheet program or, alternatively, returning MS Excel as the default program.

Thanks for any help.

Special Note to Programmers of Large Suites: there will be a special place in hell for all you guys who make your programs load as a default program without asking purchasers what they want to do. I've heard that place in hell is especially large to accommodate your oversize egos. For you guys, alone: don't necessarily have a good day <grin>.

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Re: making Excel default
by Kees Bakker / August 14, 2010 9:59 PM PDT

The exact way to couple a program to a file extension (in this case: couple Excel to the extension xls) is different in Windows XP, Vista an 7. So either tell your OS, or google it (something like FILE ASSOCIATION VISTA).


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Done! <g>
by flingwing / August 14, 2010 10:16 PM PDT

Kees, in response to your help being the fastest on CNET record, I am reporting that I Googled the problem, as you directed, and have already fixed my machine. Thanks much. <grin>

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(NT) Good job. Glad I could help.
by Kees Bakker / August 14, 2010 10:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Done! <g>
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