Links to Excel files on Desktop don't work


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Recently I have found that the links I have posted on my desktop which are supposed to open various Excel files (and have done so for years) only open a blank Excel screen so that I have to go through the process of opening files manually. I have tried redoing the desktop links several times but always with the same result. Help!
 
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Are you right-clicking an .xls or xlsx file and choosing Send to then Desktop (create shortcut)? It works fine for me.

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I just tested it again on the checkregister.xls file and it opens Excel with the spreadsheet open in it.

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I'm afraid it didn't work for me. I should add that all of my desktop links to Excel files worked fine until yesterday. No they all simply open Excel.
 
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Thanks ubuysa. I followed the instructions in the link you are provided and the problem is now solved.
 

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