Microsoft KB Archive/169976
Article ID: 169976
Article Last Modified on 10/21/2000
- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
This article was previously published under Q169976
In Microsoft Excel 97, if you close a workbook that was saved in the Microsoft Excel 4.0 Worksheet format, you may receive the following error message:
If you click Details, you receive an error message similar to either of the following appears:
This problem may occur if the following conditions are true:
An open workbook (for example, Book1) contains a formula that refers to a cell in a worksheet with a name that is the same as the workbook name that contains the worksheet, for example:
- The workbook referenced in the formula is closed. -and-
- You save another workbook (for example, Book2) in the Microsoft Excel 4.0 Worksheet format. When you save the worksheet, you use the same name as the name used in the formula (Book3.xls), but you save the worksheet in a different folder. -and-
- You then close Book3.xls, switch to Book1.xls, and then edit the formula that refers to the closed workbook.
To resolve this problem, when you save a worksheet in the Microsoft Excel 4.0 Worksheet format, do not give the worksheet the same name as another workbook that is referenced by a formula in an open workbook.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This problem no longer occurs in Microsoft Excel 2000.
Because the problem described in this article occurs only when you save a worksheet in the Microsoft Excel 4.0 Worksheet format, you are not likely to encounter this problem. If you must save worksheets in the Microsoft Excel 4.0 Worksheet format, use the resolution in this article to prevent the problem from occurring.
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