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Microsoft KB Archive/172386

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Article ID: 172386

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172386


When you use the Auto Outline command, you may receive the following error message:

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.

If you click Details, you receive an error message similar to the following

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at 0137:30055c17.

and Microsoft Excel quits.


This problem occurs when the following conditions are true:

  • You select a range of cells that contains a hidden row or column. -and-

  • You point to Group And Outline on the Data menu, and then click Auto Outline. -and-

  • You click OK to modify an existing outline.


To work around this problem, unhide any rows or columns in the current selection before you click Auto Outline. For example, to unhide row 2, follow these steps:

  1. Select cells A1:A3.
  2. On the Format menu, point to Row, and then click Unhide.


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


For more information about the Auto Outline command, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text

outlines, creating

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Outline a worksheet automatically" topic.

Additional query words: XL97 ipf gpf

Keywords: kberrmsg kbbug KB172386