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How to Fix Unable to Open Excel Attachment Error in Outlook?

Outlook email is a well-known email service which is used by thousands of users across the world. One may come across issues while trying to open the email attachment and there are various reasons for this. Reasons behind this are cannot find the appropriate file, its path and also it may happen if you have mentioned the file name incorrectly as well as wrong library files. Other reasons are users have set excel file to “ignore other applications” mode and due to Excel temp file issues. This is an option when users have set it to “disabled to default mode” and is enabled later on to isolate the Excel working environment. There are various solutions to Fix Unable to Open Excel Attachment Error in Outlook

Steps to Fix Unable to Open Excel Attachment Error in Outlook

Solution 1: Clear out all Outlook’s secure temp folders

  • Excel files or even templates in the Outlook’s Secure Temp folder is used to temporarily store attachments that are being opened directly from within Outlook email.
  • Below few definite conditions, this Secure Temp folder is not completely cleaned out accurately. In such cases, users are advised to clean it on manual basis and then check whether the attachment is opened properly or not

Solution 2: This is another solution if you have failed to solve the issue with the first solution

  • The very first thing is that you need to close the message and then click on the “start excel” icon.
  • Click on the “Tools” icon next and then tap on the ‘Options’ icon.
  • Now, you are requested to click on the “general” icon.
  • Uncheck the ‘ignore other applications’ icon and then click “OK” icon.
  • At last, you need to click on the ‘Excel’ icon to quite the operation.
  • Well, if you double-click on the Excel attachment in a message then, the excel will appear again to stop responding without even opening the worksheet. If users have minimized the “Excel” sheet then, the following hidden error message will appear as “The system cannot find the file specified”.

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