Microsoft KB Archive/169176

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Article ID: 169176

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169176


When you run a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications macro or procedure that uses Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) commands, or you try to restart or shut down Microsoft Windows after running such a macro or procedure, one of the following error messages appears.

Microsoft Windows 95 or 98

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.

If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.

When you click Details, an error message similar to one of the following appears:

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module OLEAUT32.DLL at 0137:65349854.


EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at 0137:302036d4.

Microsoft Windows NT

This Windows application cannot respond to the End Task request. It may be busy, waiting for a response from you, or it may have stopped executing.


An application error has occurred and an application error log is being generated.

Exception access violation (0xc0000005),Address 0x30276e52.


This problem occurs when you do the following:

  • You run Visual Basic code that opens more than one DDE channel to a program and does not properly terminate the open channels. -and-

  • You do either of the following:
    • You quit Microsoft Windows.


    • You run the same procedure or another procedure that creates a DDE channel to the same program.


If you open a DDE channel, you must terminate the channel before you quit Microsoft Excel. To terminate a DDE channel, use the DDETerminate method, as in the following example

Application.DDETerminate <ChanNum>

where <ChanNum> is the channel number returned by the DDEInitiate method.

If you encounter this problem, restart Microsoft Windows, and then edit the macro or procedure in Microsoft Excel. Insert the DDETerminate statement into the appropriate location in the code. For more information, see the sample macro in the "More Information" section of this article.


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


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The following macro creates two DDE sessions to Microsoft Excel, inserts a new workbook, and then terminates the DDE channels that it created.

To run this macro, follow these steps:

  1. Start Microsoft Excel 97.
  2. In a new workbook, press ALT+F11 to start the Visual Basic Editor.
  3. On the Insert menu, click Module, and then type the following macro in the module sheet:

          Sub DDESessions()
          Dim LobjExcelApp as Object
          Dim LwbNewWB as Object
             ' Perform commands within loop two times.
             For i = 1 to 2
                ' Create an object to Microsoft Excel.
                Set LobjExcelApp = CreateObject("Excel.application")
                ' Create workbook object.
                Set LwbNewWB = LobjExcelApp.Workbooks.Add
                ' Get DDE channel to Microsoft Excel.
                LwChanNum1 = Application.DDEInitiate("Excel", "System")
                ' Insert new workbook.
                Application.DDEExecute LwChanNum1, "[New]"
                ' Quit workbook.
                Application.DDEExecute LwChanNum1, "[Quit()]"
                ' Terminate this DDE channel.
                Application.DDETerminate LwChanNum1
             Next i
             MsgBox "DDESessions is complete"
          End Sub
  4. On the File menu, click "Close and Return to Microsoft Excel."
  5. In the workbook, point to Macro on the Tools menu, and then click Macros.
  6. Click DDESessions, and then click Run.
  7. When the message box that indicates the macro is completed appears, click OK.


For more information about creating DDE channels, click the Index tab in Visual Basic Help, type the following text

DDEInitiate method

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "DDEInitiate Method" topic.

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