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Article ID: 168562

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q168562


When you check the spelling in a worksheet that contains a cell that contains at least 256 characters, one or more of the following problems may occur:

  • Up to 12 characters, starting with the 256th character, are converted into random binary characters. For example, these characters are converted to squares or other strange characters. -or-

  • You receive the following error message:

    The text string you entered is too long. Reduce the number of characters used or cancel the entry.


  • You receive the following error message:

    This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.

  • If you click Details, you receive an error message similar to either of the following:

    EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at 0137:304dbb1e.

    EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at 0137:30258b90.

    When you click Close, Microsoft Excel 97 quits.


These problems may occur if the following conditions are true:

  • One or more cells in the worksheet contain more than 256 characters -and-

  • In the Spelling dialog box, you click Undo Last.

The second and third problems are more likely to occur if the cell you are checking contains more than 304 characters.


To work around these problems, do not click Undo Last if any cells in the worksheet contain more than 256 characters.


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


When you use the spelling checker in Microsoft Excel 97, you can undo the most recent action performed in the Spelling dialog box by clicking Undo Last.

Note that the problems described in this article occur only if you click Undo Last; you can usually check the spelling of any cell, no matter how many characters it contains, without receiving any error messages.

Additional query words: XL97

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