Error while opening a file – There was a problem sending a command to the program


This is seen mostly in Office Applications, AutoCAD or  Adobe. There could be two scenarios to this issue

  1. Compatibility Issue
    • Are you using an older version of the program compared to your Operating System? If yes; locate the exe (e.g. word.exe ; excel.exe) file of the program from the Program Files folder.
    • Right-Click and set the compatibility mode to an Older OS Version
  2. Are you running the Program as Administrator?
    • Right click on the exe file and click the compatibility tab
    • At the bottom ‘Uncheck’ the Run as Administrator checbox if ticked.
    • If this option is greyed out; click Change Settings for all Users to enable it.
    • Restart the computer and retry; the error should be gone



About Sunil Padmanabhan

An Indian based out of Dubai who started traveling from 2011 and pretty much caught the travel bug. Every year presents itself as an opportunity to visit and explore a new place.

Posted on August 14, 2013, in Windows and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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