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Article ID: 171025

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171025


If you run a macro that creates a custom menu item on the worksheet shortcut menu, you may receive the following error message:

Run-time error '-2147467259(80004005)':
Method 'Add' of object 'CommandBarControls' failed


This problem occurs if both of the following conditions are true:

  • You view the workbook in Microsoft Internet Explorer. -and-

  • The macro that creates the custom menu item on the worksheet shortcut menu uses the CommandBars object model to create the menu item.

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For example, the following code generates an error:

   Sub Custom_Menu_Error()
      Dim menuoption As CommandBarControl
      Set menuoption = _
      CommandBars("cell").Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton, before:=1)
      menuoption.Caption = "my menu"
   End Sub


To create a custom menu item on the worksheet shortcut menu, use the syntax for the Add method of the Menuitems object. For example, the following sample code does not generate an error:

   Sub Add_Custom_Menu()
      ShortcutMenus(xlWorksheetCell).MenuItems.Add Caption:="my menu"
   End Sub


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


For more information about custom menus items, click the Office Assistant in the Visual Basic Editor, type custom menus, click Search, and then click to view "Adding and managing menu bars and menu items."

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

Additional query words: XL97 insitu in-place

Keywords: kbdtacode kberrmsg kbprb kbprogramming KB171025