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XL97: Clicking Exit Design Mode Switches to Microsoft Excel

Article ID: 170703

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170703


If you click the Exit Design Mode button in the Visual Basic Editor, you may switch to Microsoft Excel from the Visual Basic Editor.

NOTE: You may notice that Microsoft Excel also becomes active if you click any toolbar that is floating in the Visual Basic Environment.


This behavior occurs after you start the Visual Basic Editor from Microsoft Excel by using the Windows 95 or Windows NT taskbar.


To work around this behavior, use either of the following methods to activate the Visual Basic Editor:

  • In Microsoft Excel 97, press ALT+F11 to start the Visual Basic Editor. -or-

  • If the Visual Basic Editor is running, press ALT+TAB in any open program to switch between the program and the Visual Basic Editor.


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

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