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Article ID: 168970

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q168970


If you use the New keyword to create a Workbook object using Automation, you may receive the following error message:

Run-time error '429':
ActiveX component can't create object


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To create a Microsoft Excel Workbook object through Automation, use the CreateObject function.

The following example illustrates how to create a Microsoft Excel Workbook object through Automation:

  1. Start Microsoft Word 97.
  2. Start the Visual Basic Editor (press ALT+F11).
  3. On the Insert menu, click Module.
  4. Click References on the Tools menu. Select "Microsoft Excel 8.0 Object Library" in the Available References list box, and then click OK.
  5. Enter the following code into the Visual Basic module:

          Sub WorkAround()
              Dim objXL As Excel.Workbook
              ' Create a new Excel workbook.
              Set objXL = CreateObject("excel.sheet")
              ' Display the version number of Microsoft Excel.
              MsgBox objXL.Parent.Version
              ' Close Microsoft Excel.
              Set objXL = Nothing
          End Sub
  6. Run the WorkAround subroutine.

Note that a message box is displayed with the version number of your copy of Microsoft Excel.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information about the CreateObject function, click the Office Assistant in the Visual Basic Editor, type createobject, click Search, and then click to view "CreateObject Function."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

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