Fix Excel file is not opening problem in Windows 10 / 11

Are you unable to open a downloaded excel sheet on your computer? If you have tried but the excel file is not opening on your computer, follow these simple fixes to unblock and modify the MS Excel Options and you will be able to access excel files in no time at all.


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Fix-1 Unblock the file-

You can unblock the excel file from the document properties-

1. Right-click on the problematic excel file.

2. Now, click on “Properties“.

 

Excel Props

 

3. At first, you have to go to the “General” tab.

4. Now, check the option “Unblock“.

 

Unblock

 

5. Then, click on “Apply” and then click on “OK“. The changes will be saved.

 

Apply Ok

 

Now, try to open the excel file again on your computer.


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Go for the other fix if this doesn’t work out.

Fix-2 Tweak excel advanced settings

1 – Open Excel.

2 -Click on Options.

Excel Options Min

 

3 – Click on Advanced from the left side menu.

4 – Now, Uncheck the option saying Ignore other applications that use Dynamic data Exchange (DDE)

5 -Click ok.

6 -Close Excel and try again.

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Fix 3 – Open Excel in safe mode

1 – Open Run command box by pressing Windows key and R key together from your keyboard.

2 -Now, type excel /safe in it and click OK

 

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This will open excel in safe mode.

Fix-4 Disable Protected View settings in Excel-

Disabling the protected view settings from Excel options will solve this issue for your computer.

1. Click on the Search box and then type “excel“.

2. Again, click on “Excel” in the elevated search results to open Microsoft Excel on your computer.

 

Excel Search

 

3. When the Excel window opens up, click on “File” in the menu-bar.

4. Then scroll down through the left side of the menu and click on “Options“.

 

Options Excel

 

5. In the Excel Options window click on “Trust Center” to access the Trust Center Settings.

6. Now, click on “Trust Center Settings…” to modify it.

 

Trust Center Excel

 

7. After that, on the left-hand side click on “Protected View“.

9. Then, uncheck the option “Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet“.

10. Then, click on “OK“.

 

Enable Protected View

 

11. Coming back to the Excel Options window, click on “OK” to save the changes.

 

Ok Save

 

Now, close the Excel window.

Try to open the document you were having trouble with. It will be opened without any issues further.

Your problem will be solved.

 

NOTE

Protected View‘ acts as a guard securing your computer from any malware or virus which sometimes gets into your computer with downloaded documents (Email attachments). So, we recommend disabling the protected view for one-time only. Once you are able to access the document, do not forget to re-enable Protected View settings.

In case if you want to re-enable ‘Protected View‘ settings follow these steps-


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1. Open the Excel window.

2. In the Excel window, click on “File” and then click on “Options“.

 

Options Excel

 

3. Then,  click on the “Trust Center“.

4. Next, you need to click on “Trust Center Settings…” to modify it.

 

Trust Center Excel

 

5. Again, click on the “Protected View“.

7. Then, check the option “Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet“.

8. Finally, click on “OK” to save the changes.

 

Enable Protected View

 

Protected View is again enabled on your computer.

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5 thoughts on “Fix Excel file is not opening problem in Windows 10 / 11”

  1. Excel will not open a file from the folder it was save in….but it can be opened from the “Recent” button under the File tab in Excel 2010. There may be no connection but I noticed that is started after upgrading to Windows 10. I’ve tried all of the tricks and tips and setting changes that I can find on the web. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  2. Excel will not open a file from the folder it was save in….but it can be opened from the “Recent” button under the File tab in Excel 2010. There may be no connection but I noticed that is started after upgrading to Windows 10. I’ve tried all of the tricks and tips and setting changes that I can find on the web. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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