I have an accounting software program that produces all files as .txt files. Before upgrading to Excel 16, I was able to choose Excel as the program to open those files. With Excel 16, I have not been able to make that choice. I've searched for a solution and made the following changes as others have recommended:


(default) REG_SZ "C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\EXCEL.EXE" "%1"


Progrid REG_SZ Applications\EXCEL.EXE

i am currently at a loss as to how to proceed. I've spent hours searching for a solution to no avail.

Thanks in advance, F

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  • What does the text look like (does it have a standard structure, like a CSV file named with a .txt extension? Have you tried importing it the way you would with a CSV file? If it is structured like a CSV, have you tried renaming the file extension to .csv? – fixer1234 Nov 27 '18 at 22:09

right click the .txt file > Open with.. > 'Choose another app' > (tick "Always use this app to open .txt files") go to 'more app' > 'look for another app in this pc' > navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\EXCEL.EXE

That shall do it..

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I have "office 360" and this doesn't work. However I found excel.exe in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16 and used that. Of course that means it is a 32 bit version, but I guess that is what I have.

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