Unable to open Excel documents from Windows Explorer

Over the last year or so I’ve had at least fifteen users complain that when they double-click an Excel document in Windows Explorer, Excel opens, but no workbook. They then have to open the document manually in Excel.
Here’s how to resolve this problem:

  1. Open excel, then open a blank workbook
  2. Go to Tools -> Options -> General
  3. Remove the check mark from the box marked “Ignore other applications”

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