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Microsoft KB Archive/172305

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Article ID: 172305

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172305


When you programmatically create a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) document with the Htmlconvert function, the value that you specify for the LastUpdated argument may not appear on the resulting HTML document.


This problem occurs if you do not include the DescriptionFullPage argument for the Htmlconvert function in your Visual Basic for Applications macro.


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To specify a value for the LastUpdated argument without including a value for the DecscriptionFullPage argument of the Htmlconvert function, specify a null string ("") as the value for the DescriptionFullPage argument of the Htmlconvert function. The following example specifies a value for the LastUpdated argument without including a value for the DecscriptionFullPage argument:

  1. Close and save any open workbooks, and then create a new workbook.
  2. Enter the following values on Sheet1: A1: 2 A2: 4 A3: 6 A4: A5: This A6: is A7: a A8: Test
  3. Select cells A1:A3, and then click Chart on the Insert menu. In the "Chart Wizard - Step 1 of 4 - Chart Type" dialog box, click Finish.

The result is a worksheet that contains two data ranges and one chart.

  1. Start the Visual Basic Editor (press ALT+F11).
  2. To use the Htmlconvert method of the Html.xla add-in, create a reference to this add-in. To create the reference, do the following:
    1. Click References on the Tools Menu.
    2. Click to select the HTML check box, and then click OK.

      Go to step 6.

      If you do not see the HTML, in the Available References list, click Browse.
    3. Open the folder that contains the Html.xla file. By default, the Html.xla file is installed in the following folder:

      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Library

    4. Click "Microsoft Excel Files (*.xls, *,xla)" in the Files Of Type list.
    5. Click Html.xla in the list of files, and then click Open.
  3. If the Project Explorer window is not visible, click Project Explorer on the View menu. In the Project Explorer, click the workbook created in step 1.
  4. Click Module on the Insert menu to insert a Visual Basic module.
  5. Enter the following code into the module sheet:

    Sub CreateWebPage()
        Dim ObjToConvert(2) As Variant
        ' Populate the array of objects for HTMLConvert.
        Set ObjToConvert(0) = Sheets("sheet1").Range("a1:a3")
        Set ObjToConvert(1) = Sheets("sheet1").ChartObjects("Chart 1")
        Set ObjToConvert(2) = Sheets("sheet1").Range("a5:a8")
        ' Load Html.xla into memory.
        AddIns("Internet Assistant Wizard").Installed = True
        ' Create the HTML document.
        Htmlconvert rangeandcharttoconvert:=ObjToConvert, _
            usefrontpageforexistingfile:=False, _
            addtofrontpageweb:=False, useexistingfile:=False, _
            codepage:=1252, htmlfilepath:="Test.htm", _
            descriptionfullpage:="", lastupdate:=Now
    End Sub
  6. Run the CreateWebPage subroutine.

When you open the Test.htm page in an Internet browser, text that indicates when the page was last updated appears at the bottom of the page.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


Note that the Htmlconvert function is not supported by the Html.xla add-in included with the original version of Microsoft Office 97. You must install Microsoft Office 97 SR-1 or download the updated Html.xla add-in from the Microsoft web site in order to be able to use the Htmlconvert function.

For additional information on how to programmatically save a worksheet as HTML, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

168561 XL97: How to Programmatically Save a Worksheet as HTML

Additional query words: XL97

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