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Microsoft KB Archive/172370

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XL97: Error Using Natural Language Formula in a Macro

Article ID: 172370

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172370


When you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro in Microsoft Excel that references a natural language formula (NLF), you may receive the following error message:

Run-time error '1004':
Method 'Range' of object '_Global' failed


This problem occurs when you use the Range property in a macro to reference a natural language formula on a worksheet. For example, either of the following statements that refer to the labels "AB" and "CD" will cause a run-time error:

   Range("AB CD").Select


   MsgBox Range("AB CD").Value


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To work around this problem, write the formula to a cell on a worksheet and then evaluate the formula from the worksheet. The following sample macro demonstrates how to do this:

   Sub Test()
      'Declare the variable X as an Object type.
      Dim X as Object

      'Set X to a worksheet cell (D1).
      Set X = ActiveSheet.Range("D1")

      'Enter the NLF formula in D1.
      X.Formula = "='East' 'ProductsB'"

      'Set the variable Y to result of the NLF.
      Y = [X].Value

      'Clear cell D1.

      'Display the result of the formula.
      Msgbox Y
   End Sub


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

Additional query words: XL97 NLF ELF

Keywords: kbbug kbdtacode kberrmsg kbmacro KB172370