Microsoft KB Archive/169718

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Article ID: 169718

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

This article was previously published under Q169718


If you create an embedded Microsoft Excel workbook in a Microsoft Word document or in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, you may receive the following error message

Not enough memory

and then you receive the following Dr. Watson for Windows NT error message:

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


Exception: access violation (0xc0000005), Address 0x3015c3ed

After you click OK, Microsoft Excel quits, Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint becomes unstable, and you must quit the program.


This problem occurs if all of the following conditions are true:

  • You are using Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0.


  • You rotate the text in a cell.


  • You apply cell borders to the cell with the rotated text.


  • The Microsoft Excel workbook is embedded in either a Microsoft Word document or a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.


To work around this problem, eliminate or minimize rotated text in a Microsoft Excel workbook that is embedded in a Microsoft Word document or in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.


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.


For more information about embedding objects, click the Index tab in Microsoft Word Help, type the following text

embedded objects, Microsoft Excel worksheets

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Insert a Microsoft Excel worksheet or chart into a Word document" topic.

Additional query words: XL97 xlformat

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