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Excel: EXEC() Function Causes Crash with Long Pathname

Last reviewed: November 2, 1994
Article ID: Q50492


If the pathname supplied to the EXEC() function is more than 33 characters, it may cause Excel to crash. It is possible to work around the problem by switching the directory prior to using the EXEC() function.

For example

   =EXEC("Hard Disk 20:Applications:Microsoft Directory:Microsoft Word")

can be replaced by the following two statements:

   =DIRECTORY("Hard Disk 20:Applications:Microsoft Directory")
   =EXEC("Microsoft Word")

This behavior was fixed in Microsoft Excel version 3.00.

KBCategory: kbother


Additional reference words: 2.20

Last reviewed: November 2, 1994
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