Microsoft KB Archive/169350

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Article ID: 169350

Article Last Modified on 11/22/2000


  • Microsoft Office 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169350


If you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro when working with a Microsoft Excel 97 section in a Microsoft Office 97 Binder, you may receive the following error message:

Run-time error '28':
Out of stack space

Or, you may receive the following error message:

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.
If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.

If you click Details, you receive error messages similar to the following:

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module KERNEL32.DLL at

BINDER caused an exception 6bfH in module KERNEL32.DLL at


These problems may occur if the following conditions are true:

  • The Visual Basic macro you are running contains the FollowHyperlink method.


  • You are running the macro when the Visual Basic Editor is active.


To work around this problem, do not run the Visual Basic macro in Microsoft Office Binder 97 if the Visual Basic Editor is active. If you click the Microsoft Office Binder 97 window, the problems do not occur.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


Microsoft provides examples of Visual Basic for Applications procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Visual Basic procedures in this article are provided 'as is' and Microsoft does not guarantee that they can be used in all situations. While Microsoft support professionals can help explain the functionality of a particular macro, they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality, nor will they help you construct macros to meet your specific needs. If you have limited programming experience, you may want to consult one of the Microsoft Solution Providers. Solution Providers offer a wide range of fee-based services, including creating custom macros. For more information about Microsoft Solution Providers, call Microsoft Customer Information Service at (800) 426-9400.

In Visual Basic for Applications, you can use the FollowHyperlink method to display a Web page or a Microsoft Office document in the appropriate program (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer). For example, the following line of code starts the MSNBC Web site:

   ThisWorkbook.FollowHyperlink ("")

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