Thank you for the link and the explanation, Michael!
"Michael Solomon (MS-MVP)" wrote in message
> All files need the application with which their file extension is
> associated in order to be opened. Regardless of file extensions you add
> to the list of extensions, the operating system has no means of opening
> files natively.
> That said, XLS files are Excel files. If you do not have Excel installed,
> you can download a free viewer for purposes of viewing the file but note,
> if you wish to make any changes to the file, that would require having
> Microsoft Excel installed on your system:
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> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
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>> I'm unable to open an XLS file. I get a message that says the file does
>> not have a program associated with it and one needs to be created in the
>> Control Panel folders. I've gone to the Control Panel >Folder Options
>> >File Types>New> and created and XLS file extension but I'm still getting
>> the same message. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
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> >> Stay informed about: XLS files