How to set .txt files to open with Excel 16 ( O365 ) ?

Quench24Quench24 Member Posts: 96 ■■□□□□□□□□
I know you can right click, then open with, then select Excel. When I search for Excel and select it, it doesn't stick.

I also tried the Default Programs option in control panel, changing the program that opens .txt files.

I think I might have to edit the registry but does anyone know what exactly? Or any other work arounds?



EDIT: Found a fix, needed to edit a registry key to point to Excel.exe


  • rob42rob42 Member Posts: 423
    I'm a little curious; why do you want to open .txt files with Excel?
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  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Member Posts: 2,753 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Windows 10

    I was able to right click on the .txt file open with default program and select excel and after reboot it still opens .txt with excel.

    Just saying.
  • Quench24Quench24 Member Posts: 96 ■■□□□□□□□□
    To the above posters :

    This was for an employee at my company.

    Also I needed to do this for Windows 7.
  • NavyMooseCCNANavyMooseCCNA Member Posts: 544 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I would still ask why he wants to do that. Honestly, without knowing more it sounds like this employee needs to be educated as to the applications and what they do.

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  • yoba222yoba222 Member Posts: 1,237 ■■■■■■■■□□
    No idea if it works on the Microsoft spreadsheet product, but renaming the txt extension to csv allows LibreOffice Calc to open a text file in Windows 8. Worth a try.
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  • BlackBeretBlackBeret Member Posts: 683 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Right click -> Open with -> Choose Default Program

    When you select which program to open with, there should be a check box at the bottom that says "Always use this program to open this type of file". Check that box before you click save.
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