Unable to open embedded word files in excel - 'cannot start the source application for this file' error message

Patrick Poore 0 Reputation points

Updated to windows 11 start of the year (unable to roll back) - all excel documents that have 1 or more word documents in them cannot be opened- 'cannot start the source application for this file'.

=EMBED("Document","" is in the formula box.

these word documents are not saved anywhere else, so i need to be able to access them.

Office version is home and business 2016

i can see similar questions online, but nothing i have tried so far has made a difference - any ideas?

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  1. Emi Zhang-MSFT 20,346 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Patrick Poore ,

    What's kind of file format for the Word document?

    I suggest you try to reset file associations:

    1. Please go to Control Panel.
    2. Click Default Programs, and then click Set your default programs.
    3. Under Settings- Default apps, select Set default by app.
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    4. Click Word, and then reset file associations one by one.

    If your issue still exists after resetting file associations, please try to repair Office:


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