Microsoft KB Archive/171019
Article ID: 171019
Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000
- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
This article was previously published under Q171019
When you quit Microsoft Excel 97, you may receive the following error message:
If you click Details, you receive the following error message:
This problem may occur if you create a circular reference between two separate instances of Microsoft Excel 97, and then attempt to quit both instances.
NOTE: This problem does not occur in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel.
To resolve this problem, avoid creating circular references between cells in worksheets in different instances of Microsoft Excel 97.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.
In Microsoft Excel, a circular reference is formed when a cell refers to itself through one or more other cells. For example, both of the following sets of formulas create circular references
A1: =B1 E1: =F1 B1: =A1 F1: =G1+K2 G1: =E1
because at least one of the cells refers to itself through other cells.
Microsoft Excel warns you if you create a circular reference, either by displaying a dialog box or by displaying a message in the status bar.
However, if you create a circular reference between cells in different instances of Microsoft Excel, you are not warned about the presence of the circular reference. Also, depending on the way you quit Microsoft Excel 97, you may receive an invalid page fault when you close the second instance of Microsoft Excel 97.
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