Microsoft KB Archive/169106

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Article ID: 169106

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169106


When you save, close, and then reopen a workbook in Microsoft Excel 97, some of the properties of worksheets in the workbook may not be saved. The following properties are affected:



These worksheet properties are not designed to be saved when you close a workbook.


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If you want to set the properties of a worksheet to specific values when you open a workbook, use a Visual Basic for Applications macro to set the properties when the workbook that contains the worksheet is opened. The following example macro demonstrates one way to do this:

   ' Auto_Open macros run automatically when you open the workbook.

   Sub Auto_Open()

       With ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet1")

           ' Set as many as these properties as you need.
           .EnableSelection = xlNoSelection
           .EnablePivotTable = True
           .EnableOutlining = True
           .EnableAutoFilter = True
           .DisplayPageBreaks = True
           .EnableCalculation = False

       End With

   End Sub

If you insert this code into a module in the workbook, the macro sets the properties for worksheet Sheet1 whenever you open the workbook manually.

NOTE: If you use a macro to open the workbook, you must use the RunAutoMacros method to run the Auto_Open macro.


The properties listed in this article are not preserved when you close a workbook. When you reopen the workbook, the properties for each worksheet revert to their default values, which are listed in the following table.

   Property            Default Value

   EnableSelection     0 - xlNoRestrictions
   EnableOutlining     False
   EnableAutoFilter    False
   EnablePivotTable    False
   EnableCalculation   True
   DisplayPageBreaks   False

You can set these properties programmatically, as in the "Workaround" section in this article, or you can use the Properties window in the Visual Basic Editor to set them. To do this, use the following steps:

  1. Switch to the Visual Basic Editor by pressing ALT+F11.
  2. In the Project window, click the worksheet with the properties you want to change.
  3. If the Properties window is not visible, click Properties Window on the View menu.
  4. In the Properties window, double-click the property you want to change, type the new value, and then press ENTER.


For more information about properties listed in this article, click the Office Assistant in the Visual Basic Editor, type EnableSelection click Search, and then click to view "EnableSelection Property."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Visual Basic 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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