A .xls file (the one that you're trying to open) requires Microsoft Excel to open. (I believe OpenOffice will do it too) If you don't have the appropriate program to open the file, it won't open correctly. Wordpad can't "decode" the file correctly.
You'll need to install Microsoft Office, etc.
I'm sure the other problem is similar. A brand new installation of Windows 98 won't have all the needed programs, drivers, etc. UNLESS you install them.
Hope this helps.
I am using a computer with Windows 98SE that has just been reformatted and on which I have just downloaded MS Works.
I want to see what YMCA basketball team the two kids I mentor are on. So, just as I have done in the past, I go to http://www.ourleaguesite.com/misc1.asp?eID=MPD . Then, I go to the bottom of the page and click on Fall II Basketball Team Listing . In the past, when I did this, the information opened up for me to read. Now, for some reason, when I click on Team Listing I do initially get the window for that Listing site and it looks like it is going to display the info when it suddenly gets replaced with the File Download dialog box. So I go ahead and click Save and I get a Download Complete message showing the info is save as ?Alphalist 930 bball.xls from www.ourleaguesite.com ?, downloaded to C:\My Documents\team.xls. When I first did this and I got that box that asks what to open the item with or in. Without knowing for sure what to do, I clicked Wordpad, and I suppose that that item about using that all the time was checked, though I actually didn?t notice. Anyhow, when I look at the item in Wordpad, I see a bunch of hieroglyphics.
I don?t understand why the list doesn?t just open up on my screen when I click on it, as it used to do, instead of taking me to the Download box. And I don?t know what I can to to get the list to display in English.
This same kind of thing has happened a couple of times this morning where I was at a website and clicked to open something and instead of it opening I get the File Download dialog box. I am not wanting to download the info to my hard drive but just look at it on the website.
I would appreciate any help. Thank you. grandpaw