Microsoft KB Archive/172709
Article ID: 172709
Article Last Modified on 10/21/2000
- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
This article was previously published under Q172709
When you close or save a workbook in Microsoft Excel 97, you may receive the following error message:
If you click Details, you receive an error message similar to either of the following:
This problem may occur when all of the following conditions are true:
- You create two workbooks in Microsoft Excel 97, and the workbooks are open.
For example, you create workbooks Book1 and Book2. -and-
- In one workbook (Book1), you create a defined name (for example, Name1) that references a relative cell address in the other workbook (Book2). -and-
In the workbook (Book1) that contains the defined name (Name1), you create another defined name (for example, Name2) that uses the first defined name (Name 1) in a function.
For example, you create the following names in Book1.
Defined name Refers to Examples Name1 A relative or a mixed =[Book2]Sheet1!A1:B5 relative cell range =[Book2]Sheet1!$A1:$B5 in another open =[Book2]Sheet1!A$1:B$5 workbook (Book2) Name2 Name1 in a function =AVERAGE(Name1) =SUM(Name1)
In the workbook (Book1) that contains the defined names, you enter a formula that refers to the defined name that uses the first defined name in a function (Name2).
For example, you enter the following function:
- You attempt to save Book1, or you close Book2.
NOTE: The problem does not occur in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel. Also, the problem does not occur if the range referenced by Name1 uses absolute cell referencing (for example, =[Book2]Sheet1!$A$1:$B$5) or if Name2 does not use Name1 in a function (for example, =Name1, for example).
To work around this problem, do not define a name that refers to another defined name that refers to a relative or mixed relative cell range in another workbook. If possible, do not use relative or mixed relative cell references in defined names that refer to other workbooks.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.
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