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Microsoft KB Archive/173549

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Article ID: 173549

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173549


When you run a procedure in Visual Basic for Applications, the following error message may appear after the procedure opens an add-in file:

Run-time error '1004':

Cannot open Microsoft Excel 97 Add-in for editing. Please edit the source document instead.


This error occurs when the following conditions are true:

  • The procedure opens a hidden workbook. -and-

  • The procedure opens an add-in by using the Open method with the Notify:=False argument.


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To correct this problem, obtain Microsoft Excel 97 Service Release 1 (SR-1).

To work around this problem, include the Editable:=False argument in your Open statement. For example, use code similar to the following:

   Workbooks.Open FileName:="C:\Test.xls", ReadOnly:=True, Notify:=False,


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Excel 97 for Windows. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Excel 97 SR-1.

For additional information about SR-1, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

172475 OFF97: How to Obtain and Install MS Office 97 SR-1


For more information about the Open method, click the Office Assistant in the Visual Basic Editor, type open, click Search, and then click to view the "Open Method" topic.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Excel 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

For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

Additional query words: XL97 1004 open add-in

Keywords: kbbug kberrmsg kbprogramming KB173549