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Microsoft KB Archive/173113

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Article ID: 173113

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173113


When you change and then close a workbook in Microsoft Excel 97, you are not prompted to save the changes.


This problem may occur if both of the following conditions are true:

  • You run a macro that changes the caption of the workbook window. -and-

  • You try to close the workbook without first saving the changes.


To resolve this problem, do either of the following:

  • Click Save on the File menu before you click Close on the File menu or click the Close button (the box with the "X" in it) at the upper-right corner of the workbook window. -or-

  • Add a line of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications code in the macro to set the Saved property to False after the line that sets the Caption property of the workbook window.

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The sample macro in following example prompts you to save the workbook. To use the macro, follow these steps:

  1. Start Microsoft Excel and create a new workbook.
  2. Press ALT+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor.
  3. On the Insert menu, click Module.
  4. Type the following into the new module:

          Sub Caption_Macro()
                'More code here.
                'Changes the Caption property of the first window
                Windows(1).Caption = "Window 1"
                'Setting that the workbook has changed.
                ActiveWorkbook.Saved = False
                'More code here.
          End Sub
  5. Switch to Microsoft Excel (press ALT+F11).
  6. On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and click Macros. Then, click Caption_macro and click Run.
  7. On the File menu, click Close.

You receive a message that prompts you to save the workbook.


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


In most cases, if you attempt to close a changed workbook that you have not saved, you are prompted to save the changes. To retain changes you want to keep, save them before you close the workbook.

The Saved property returns a True or False value depending on whether changes have been made to the workbook. Note that it is possible to set the Saved property to True or False.


For more information about saving files, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text

saving, files

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Save a workbook" topic.

Additional query words: XL97

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