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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Updated Microsoft Office 2011 and now Excel won't open

hi all. i am in need of some help.

this morning i updated office 2011 - word is working fine but excel is all out of sorts. these are the messages i am getting when i try to open a file. the names of the files are showing up so i don't feel like excel was deleted or anything.....

excel is showing up on the toolbar above but is giving me these messages. what to do???

Thanks to all in advance.

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Microsoft Error Reporting log version: 2.0

Error Signature:
Date/Time: 2012-04-17 22:21:55 -0400
Application Name: Microsoft Excel
Application Bundle ID: com.microsoft.Excel
Application Signature: XCEL
Application Version:
Crashed Module Name: libobjc.A.dylib
Crashed Module Version: unknown
Crashed Module Offset: 0x00005f87
Blame Module Name: MBURibbon
Blame Module Version:
Blame Module Offset: 0x000191cc
Application LCID: 1033
Extra app info: Reg=en Loc=0x0409
Crashed thread: 0
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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I don't know about Excel but all those desktop files will slow OSX down.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 11:14 PM   #3
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Does excel launch successfully if you double-clicking it from within your Applications folder? (i.e. before you try to open any saved excel files)

Also, if you haven't already after updating, try restarting your computer. Wouldn't hurt.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 07:21 AM   #4
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I have had 2011 since it came out. I have been operating it without problem until this morning. Admittedly, I haven't opened anything in a week or two, but now I am having the exact same problem.

Excel, specifically, will not open. I get the error message as above. Unlike the OP, I have nothing on my desktop, so that isn't the problem.


Also, the problem exists whether opeing a file directly, or double-clicking in the application itself. Same whether opening from Dock or Apps Folder.

Can't figure it out...

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Old Apr 18, 2012, 10:27 AM   #5
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Also had Excel problems after updating to 14.2. Constant beach balls for no apparent reason.

Resetting permissions Lion-style seems to have solved the problem.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 03:06 PM   #6
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This is a complicated error with several options to fix.



Note: The link is still referring to the old location of these files. I've got to get that updated.

Old location
~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Office 2011
New location
~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/Preferences/Office 2011
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 11:17 AM   #7
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Quick Easy Fix

I had the same problem. There is a VERY EASY fix.

Visit Link: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en...ng=en&id=29419

1) Download Service Pack 2 Update 14.2.0

2) Close All Other Applications

3) Run The Update File

4) Restart Computer

5) Relaunch Excel

6) Done.

Hope this helps.

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Old Jan 1, 2013, 02:51 PM   #8
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After many tries, I finally found how to link a Word document to a cell in Excell 2011:
1. create a link to your document
2. In Excell, select the cell you want to link to
3. Right click - Hyperlink - Document (select your file)
4. Click on Web page (I don't understand why but it works!)
5. Click on locate
6. Click Ok on message errors (!!)
7. Click Ok
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Old Apr 17, 2013, 06:40 AM   #9
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Have similar problem following reload of Office 2011 today

Error message received when trying to open Excel: You can’t open the application “Microsoft Excel.app” because it may be damaged or incomplete.
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