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Article Last Modified on 10/11/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173182

For a Microsoft Excel 2002 version of this article, see 291067.
For a Microsoft Excel 2000 version of this article, see 213682.
For a Microsoft Excel 98 version of this article, see 183847.


If you run a Sub procedure that uses the Cells property, you may receive the following error:

Run-time error '7': Out of memory

You may receive this error message even though the procedure ran successfully in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel.


This behavior may occur if you incorrectly use the Cells property. For example, the following Sub procedure runs without error in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel but generates a run-time error in Microsoft Excel 97:

   Sub Cells_Test1()

      For i = 1 To 5
         For j = 1 To 6
            ActiveSheet.Cells.Value(i, 7) = _
            ActiveSheet.Cells.Value(i, 7) + ActiveSheet.Cells.Value(i, j)

   End Sub


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. To resolve this problem, place the arguments for the Cells property immediately after the Cells keyword. For example, modify the sample procedure as follows:

   Sub Cells_Test2()

      For i = 1 To 5
         For j = 1 To 6
            ActiveSheet.Cells(i, 7).Value = _
            ActiveSheet.Cells(i, 7).Value + ActiveSheet.Cells(i, j).Value

   End Sub


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


For more information about the Cells property, click the Office Assistant in the Visual Basic Editor, type cells, click Search, and then click to view "Cells Property."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

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