How To Fix Microsoft Excel 2013 from Opening a Blank Document

This worked for me so I hope it works for you too. I’m using Office 2013, so it may work for other versions as well.

I’m using Windows 10 since I got the free update when Windows 10 first came out and I think the main problem is that Microsoft’s updates for Office 2013 do not work with Windows 10. Just another way for Microsoft to get your money so you have to update.

So here the easy fix in just 3 steps on how to fix microsoft excel 2013 from opening a blank document !

Here are the steps.

  1. First, check to make sure that the DDE is unchecked by going to File> Options > Advanced then scroll to the bottom of the page and make sure Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) is unchecked. Click ok and close out Excel.
  2. To open an Excel file, Double click on the Excel file. You will see it opens a blank document.
  3. Leave the blank Excel window open, now just double click on Excel File again. Now you will see the contents appear in the document.

If it still shows a blank document after doing this, then open Excel again and go to “Ignore other applications” as in step 1 and check the box then click ok. Close out Excel. Open it again then go back in and uncheck the box for “Igonore other applications” and click ok. Then try and double click the Excel file twice like in step 3.

If this does not solve your problem you can go here and download a FREE Excel Viewer. You won’t be able to edit, but at least you can view your files.

If these steps helped you out, let me know in a comment below 🙂