A call from a user: “Lotus 1-2-3 files won’t launch in Excel”

Lotus-Notes-Export-Options Microsoft, in the latest Service Pack for Office, blocked file associations for Lotus 1-2-3 files.  Security was the reason given.

So what this means is that you can’t double click on WK4 files, and expect them to launch in Excel.  Told the customer about a work-around, and off they went happy.

Six weeks later, the team was kicking around a request from our Lotus Notes developers,

please allow WK4 files to be launched by Lotus Notes

‘Why’, the team wondered.

<blink> Light goes on.

I piped up:

That’ll be because the Lotus Notes client we are using, supports “Export to Lotus 1-2-3” as an option.

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