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Windows cannot find a file error message.

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Dj Rawlings

#1
Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other document
windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the error
window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make sure you
typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the file,
but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can be
opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open alright.

Dj Rawlings
 

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Jabez Gan [MVP]

#2
Not sure but, are you sure that you are actually opening the actual file
instead of the shortcut to the file? The shortcut might be outdated...

--
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Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
"Dj Rawlings" <Dj Rawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other
> document
> windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the error
> window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make sure
> you
> typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the
> file,
> but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can be
> opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open
> alright.
>
> Dj Rawlings
 

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Dj Rawlings

#3
Thanks for responding Jabez.
The locations where I am having trouble are the Documents window and the
Recent Items window in the Start menu. I assume that the files shown in
those windows might be shortcuts. I use those windows to navigate to the
various files and folders that I would desire. I have no problem with other
file types just the excel files. If the shortcuts are outdated, how would
you updated all of the files. I have alot of excel files in a lot of
different file folders.
Dj Rawlings

"Jabez Gan [MVP]" wrote:

> Not sure but, are you sure that you are actually opening the actual file
> instead of the shortcut to the file? The shortcut might be outdated...
>
> --
> Jabez Gan
> Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
> "Dj Rawlings" <Dj Rawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:2F9A19E2-291A-438A-A240-2ED9AD9864E9@xxxxxx

> > Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other
> > document
> > windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the error
> > window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make sure
> > you
> > typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the
> > file,
> > but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can be
> > opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open
> > alright.
> >
> > Dj Rawlings
>
 

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Jabez Gan [MVP]

#4
Hi Dj Rawlings,

Right click Recent Items and select "Clear Recent Item List".

Now, go to the folder which stores your files and open them.

Now, go back to Recent Items and you'll see those shortcuts. Click on those
shortcuts and see if it will open the actual files.

:)

--
Jabez Gan
Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
"Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Thanks for responding Jabez.
> The locations where I am having trouble are the Documents window and the
> Recent Items window in the Start menu. I assume that the files shown in
> those windows might be shortcuts. I use those windows to navigate to the
> various files and folders that I would desire. I have no problem with
> other
> file types just the excel files. If the shortcuts are outdated, how would
> you updated all of the files. I have alot of excel files in a lot of
> different file folders.
> Dj Rawlings
>
> "Jabez Gan [MVP]" wrote:
>

>> Not sure but, are you sure that you are actually opening the actual file
>> instead of the shortcut to the file? The shortcut might be outdated...
>>
>> --
>> Jabez Gan
>> Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
>> "Dj Rawlings" <Dj Rawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:2F9A19E2-291A-438A-A240-2ED9AD9864E9@xxxxxx

>> > Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other
>> > document
>> > windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the
>> > error
>> > window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make
>> > sure
>> > you
>> > typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the
>> > file,
>> > but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can
>> > be
>> > opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open
>> > alright.
>> >
>> > Dj Rawlings
>>
 

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Dj Rawlings

#5
I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the Recent
Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would open
with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would appear. I
want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and excel.
Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this thing.
Do you have any other ideals that I can try?

I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work either.

Dj Rawlings



"Jabez Gan [MVP]" wrote:

> Hi Dj Rawlings,
>
> Right click Recent Items and select "Clear Recent Item List".
>
> Now, go to the folder which stores your files and open them.
>
> Now, go back to Recent Items and you'll see those shortcuts. Click on those
> shortcuts and see if it will open the actual files.
>
> :)
>
> --
> Jabez Gan
> Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
> "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:D57E1443-90A9-4C40-9B04-F8A5F0BDBD77@xxxxxx

> > Thanks for responding Jabez.
> > The locations where I am having trouble are the Documents window and the
> > Recent Items window in the Start menu. I assume that the files shown in
> > those windows might be shortcuts. I use those windows to navigate to the
> > various files and folders that I would desire. I have no problem with
> > other
> > file types just the excel files. If the shortcuts are outdated, how would
> > you updated all of the files. I have alot of excel files in a lot of
> > different file folders.
> > Dj Rawlings
> >
> > "Jabez Gan [MVP]" wrote:
> >

> >> Not sure but, are you sure that you are actually opening the actual file
> >> instead of the shortcut to the file? The shortcut might be outdated...
> >>
> >> --
> >> Jabez Gan
> >> Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
> >> "Dj Rawlings" <Dj Rawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> >> news:2F9A19E2-291A-438A-A240-2ED9AD9864E9@xxxxxx
> >> > Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other
> >> > document
> >> > windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the
> >> > error
> >> > window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make
> >> > sure
> >> > you
> >> > typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the
> >> > file,
> >> > but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can
> >> > be
> >> > opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open
> >> > alright.
> >> >
> >> > Dj Rawlings
> >>
>
 

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Jane C

#6
Hi,

Does this shed any light on the issue?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494

--
Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :-)
Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
MVP Windows Shell/User

"Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

>I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
> created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the Recent
> Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would open
> with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would appear.
> I
> want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
> window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
> application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and excel.
> Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
> shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
> thing.
> Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
>
> I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
> either.
>
> Dj Rawlings
>
>
>
 

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Dj Rawlings

#7
Jane C
Here is a toast to you! It is working perfectly.

Thank you much,
DJ Rawlings

"Jane C" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Does this shed any light on the issue?
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494
>
> --
> Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :-)
> Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
> MVP Windows Shell/User
>
> "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

> >I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
> > created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the Recent
> > Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would open
> > with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would appear.
> > I
> > want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
> > window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
> > application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and excel.
> > Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
> > shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
> > thing.
> > Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
> >
> > I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
> > either.
> >
> > Dj Rawlings
> >
> >
> >
>
>
 

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Jane C

#8
You're welcome :)

--
Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :-)
Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
MVP Windows Shell/User

"Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Jane C
> Here is a toast to you! It is working perfectly.
>
> Thank you much,
> DJ Rawlings
>
 

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R. C. White

#9
Hi, Jane.

Thanks for that! Another poster is having a similar problem. I'll see if
this will help him, too. ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@xxxxxx
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64)

"Jane C" <janecolman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> Does this shed any light on the issue?
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494
>
> --
> Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :-)
> Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
> MVP Windows Shell/User
>
> "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

>>I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
>> created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the
>> Recent
>> Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would
>> open
>> with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would
>> appear. I
>> want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
>> window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
>> application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and
>> excel.
>> Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
>> shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
>> thing.
>> Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
>>
>> I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
>> either.
>>
>> Dj Rawlings
 

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capgar

#10
This solution may work for Excel but it does not work for Word. The first
time I click on the file name in my documents folder, I get the error message
(this also occurs in e-mail). The second time I click on the file it
actually opens. I haven't seen a solution out there yet. Does anyone know
of one for Word?

Thanks...Chris

"R. C. White" wrote:

> Hi, Jane.
>
> Thanks for that! Another poster is having a similar problem. I'll see if
> this will help him, too. ;<)
>
> RC
> --
> R. C. White, CPA
> San Marcos, TX
> rc@xxxxxx
> Microsoft Windows MVP
> (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64)
>
> "Jane C" <janecolman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:C55A0F15-8B62-4849-8277-6120113EC84D@xxxxxx

> > Hi,
> >
> > Does this shed any light on the issue?
> >
> > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494
> >
> > --
> > Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :-)
> > Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
> > MVP Windows Shell/User
> >
> > "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> > news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

> >>I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
> >> created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the
> >> Recent
> >> Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would
> >> open
> >> with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would
> >> appear. I
> >> want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
> >> window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
> >> application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and
> >> excel.
> >> Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
> >> shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
> >> thing.
> >> Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
> >>
> >> I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
> >> either.
> >>
> >> Dj Rawlings
>
 

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Amit Desai

#11
Jane,

the link that you gave worked just perfect for me and now i am able to open
the excel by double clicking on it.

thanks a ton

Amit

"capgar" wrote:

> This solution may work for Excel but it does not work for Word. The first
> time I click on the file name in my documents folder, I get the error message
> (this also occurs in e-mail). The second time I click on the file it
> actually opens. I haven't seen a solution out there yet. Does anyone know
> of one for Word?
>
> Thanks...Chris
>
> "R. C. White" wrote:
>

> > Hi, Jane.
> >
> > Thanks for that! Another poster is having a similar problem. I'll see if
> > this will help him, too. ;<)
> >
> > RC
> > --
> > R. C. White, CPA
> > San Marcos, TX
> > rc@xxxxxx
> > Microsoft Windows MVP
> > (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64)
> >
> > "Jane C" <janecolman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> > news:C55A0F15-8B62-4849-8277-6120113EC84D@xxxxxx

> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > Does this shed any light on the issue?
> > >
> > > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494
> > >
> > > --
> > > Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :-)
> > > Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
> > > MVP Windows Shell/User
> > >
> > > "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> > > news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx
> > >>I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
> > >> created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the
> > >> Recent
> > >> Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would
> > >> open
> > >> with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would
> > >> appear. I
> > >> want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
> > >> window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
> > >> application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and
> > >> excel.
> > >> Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
> > >> shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
> > >> thing.
> > >> Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
> > >>
> > >> I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
> > >> either.
> > >>
> > >> Dj Rawlings
> >
 

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#12
I had the same problem and this solution resolved it !!!
Great.
Thank you very much.

"Jane C" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Does this shed any light on the issue?
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494
>
> --
> Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :-)
> Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
> MVP Windows Shell/User
>
> "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

> >I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
> > created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the Recent
> > Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would open
> > with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would appear.
> > I
> > want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
> > window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
> > application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and excel.
> > Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
> > shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
> > thing.
> > Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
> >
> > I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
> > either.
> >
> > Dj Rawlings
> >
> >
> >
>
>
 

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#13
I am posting here because didn't know how to do a general post.

This is my porblem, can someone recommend some solution. tried everything i know so far.

Problem:
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I export a datafile from the internet and save it as an excel file. I click on browse and save it to users/name/mydocuments/directory...
Then I go look for the file but cannot find it. I re-download it but keeps telling me that the file already exists, so I put a 2 at the end of the file name. Save that. Then I cannot find the first and second file.
I am logged on as the administrator. There are no other users on the computer except for a asp.net user.

I am using Office 2003. There are no 2007 version loaded on the machine. Vista is Home Premium 32 bit I think. This also happened on my PC which has the same version of Vista.
 

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I've spent untold hours on the phone with folks from Dell in the US and India and this simple fix did the trick. Thanks so much for taking time to respond.
 

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