I'm trying to open a .xlsm file in Excel 2010 when I receive the error:

"There was a problem sending the command to the program"

Once Excel is open, I am able to open the file, but if Excel is closed, it spits out the error (Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Hardware: Dell Latitude E6540).

"Solutions" that I have tried to implement but don't fix the problem.

  • Uncheck the "Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE).
  • Repair Office 2010.
  • Uninstall and reinstall Office 2010
  • Saving to the computer and opening them locally instead of on the network.

This problem occurs with all .xlsm files and all of the files have macros in them.

Other users on other systems have no errors opening the same files.

Any help and/or comment is welcome and appreciated!

  • Have you repaired excel? – Raystafarian Jun 26 '15 at 16:49
  • I have tried to repair the entire office suit, including excel, and it has not worked. – CameronSkywalker Jun 26 '15 at 16:56

Have you tried this:
1.Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2.Click Default Programs.
3.Click Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program.
4.Select Microsoft Excel Worksheet, and then click change program.
5.Under Recommended Programs, click Microsoft Excel.
6.If Excel does not appear in this list, click Browse, locate the Excel installation folder, click Excel.exe, and then click Excel.

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  • Yes, I have tried that and it has not worked. – CameronSkywalker Jun 26 '15 at 20:26
  • @CameronSkywalker, just to be clear: you did that for the .xlsm file type, right? – BillDOe Jun 26 '15 at 20:37
  • And there's this link to Microsoft: answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/… – BillDOe Jun 26 '15 at 21:01
  • Yes, for the .xlsm file type as well as any other file types that I wanted open with Excel. – CameronSkywalker Jun 26 '15 at 21:27
  • Have you tried disabling all add-ins? – BillDOe Jun 26 '15 at 22:17

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