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I have excel attachments emailed to me daily, but when I open the attachment it opens in excel viewer instead of excel. I have excel installed. This only happens with my excel attachements from Outlook

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Right click on one of the attachments, and see if there's an "open with" option. –  Gilbert Le Blanc Apr 7 '11 at 18:48
or uninstall Excel Viewer :) never heard of it before. it might also help if you have normal Excel already open. helps me sometimes so that I dont have to wait for 10 addins to load –  anvarbek raupov Apr 8 '11 at 8:31
When you open an Excel file from Windows Explorer (e.g. by double clikcing on it), what does it open with? Excel or Excel viewer? –  paulmorriss Apr 8 '11 at 13:33
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As paulmorriss pointed out, you should tell us what happens when you open a file from the Windows Explorer.
Yet, I've never seen an option where Outlook would open files with another program than the Windows Explorer.

Here is what you (or whoever has the same problem) can try:

  • save your file to your Desktop
  • hold SHIFT while right-clicking the file
  • from the Open With list, select Choose Program and select Excel
  • make sure that you also check the box Use this program as the default

The next time you open such a file type, it should open directly with that program (even from Outlook).
If you still have this issue, tell us your version of Windows and eventually Excel.

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