Microsoft KB Archive/169250

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Article ID: 169250

Article Last Modified on 2/20/2002


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169250


When you use a macro to change a chart that is on a chart sheet to a chart object on a worksheet (or vice versa), you receive one of the following error messages:

Run-time error '-2147221080 (800401a8)': Automation error


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

If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.

If you click Details, the following error message appears:

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module MSO97.DLL at 0137:307e034e.

If you click Close, Microsoft Excel 97 closes.


This problem occurs when you create a Visual Basic for Applications macro and both of the following conditions are true:

  • You use the Location method to move a chart from one sheet to second sheet, and then use this method to move the chart to a third location (or to the original location).

    For example, the following macro statement uses the Location method to move a chart to a chart sheet named Chart1:

          ActiveChart.Location where:=xlLocationAsNewSheet, Name:="Chart1"


  • You use the Set statement to assign a variable to the chart object you want to move.


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To move a chart without receiving this error message, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Refer to the Chart as an Object

Assign an object variable to the chart object each time it is moved. You must use this variable when you refer to the chart. For example, the following macro creates an embedded chart on Sheet1 using data on Sheet1 in the range A1:C4. The chart is moved to a new chart sheet and is then moved back to Sheet1. In the following example, each time the chart object is referenced, the variable X is set equal to the chart:

   Sub MoveChart()

      Dim x As Chart

      ' Create an embedded chart on a chart sheet.
      Set x = Charts.Add
      x.ChartType = xlColumnClustered
      x.SetSourceData Source:=Sheets("Sheet1").Range("A1:C4")
      Set x = x.Location(where:=xlLocationAsObject, Name:="Sheet1")
      ' Move chart to new sheet and reset the chart object variable x.
      Set x = x.Location(where:=xlLocationAsNewSheet, Name:="Chart1")

      ' Move chart to back to the chart sheet.
      Set x= x.Location(where:=xlLocationAsObject, Name:="Sheet1")

   End Sub

Method 2: Refer to the Chart as ActiveChart

If it is not necessary to assign an object variable to the chart, refer to the chart as ActiveChart. For example, the following macro statement uses the ActiveChart property and Location method to move a chart to a chart sheet named Chart1:

   ActiveChart.Location where:=xlLocationAsNewSheet, Name:="Chart1"


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


You can move a chart to a new location in Visual Basic for Applications by using the Location method. The first argument, Where, designates the location to which you want to move the chart. The valid locations and their associated XlChartLocation constants are listed in the following table.

   Location            Constant

   Chart sheet         XlLocationAsNewSheet
   Chart sheet         XlLocationAutomatic
   Worksheet object    XlLocationAsObject


For more information about the Location method, click the Index tab in Help, type the following text

location method

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

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