Excel: There was a problem sending the command to the program



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Symptom

You are opening the Microsoft Excel (2013 version) but getting an error message – There was a problem sending the command to the program.

There was a problem sending the command to the program

Option 1

1. Close the current session and open the Microsoft Excel again. The second attempt should be working fine.

2. Now, go to FILE > Options. Switch to Advanced and scroll down till you found General. Uncheck the option Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange.

Excel Options - Ignore DDE

Option 2

If Option 1 does not solve your problem, proceed to this step,

1. Open Control Panel > Default Program. Click on Associate a file type or protocol with a program.

Default Programs - Associate a file type or protocol with a program

2. Look for Microsoft Excel and click Change program…

Set Association - Ms Excel

3. Click on Microsoft Office 2013 and OK.

Open with - Microsoft Office 2013

Option 3

If both options does not solve your problem, please refer to below link from Microsoft,
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3001579

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