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I am using MS Office Pro Plus 2019

After updated to Windows 10 Build 1903 I have been seeing two bizarre phenomena:

1. if an excel file is hooked up in the task viewer, and then if I click that excel file it now opens with Excel Mobile (read only mode)

I have tried removing the file from task viewer, checked with other excel file to see if it was a problem with certain excel file. I have observed it is only happening with Excel files. Any PPT or Word files hooked in the task viewer opens just fine with MS Office Word or Powerpoint.

I tried repairing from apps and features>modify. But it doesnt work at all.


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@exile360 @Firefox problem solved. Excel Mobile was actually installed on my Laptop. Honestly I do not know when or how the bloody mobile version of Excel was installed on the machine. I uninstalled Excel Mobile from start menu and it apparently is fixed. But before that I had to roam around in the settings menu to see the file type associations, there I first discovered Excel Mobile was there.

Yes, every excel file hooked up in the Task Viewer was being opened by Excel mobile even though the associations for xls and xlsx was set to Excel by default the xls/xlsx docs were opening smoothly Only when they were in the task veiwer. Strange, no other MS Office App was installed, only the Excel Mobile one 🙄


Fun fact, when tagging your name I wrote excel360 and was wondering why tag still not appearing 😛

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48 minutes ago, reza_88 said:

Fun fact, when tagging your name I wrote excel360 and was wondering why tag still not appearing 😛

Hehe, no worries, I can see how that could happen, especially given the subject matter of this thread.

I'm glad that you were able to figure it out and get it fixed :) 

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