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XL97: Editing Chart Object Causes Illegal Operation

Article ID: 171660

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171660


When you attempt to edit a chart object in a Microsoft Office 97 program other than Microsoft Excel 97 by using the Chart Wizard, you may 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 the following:

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at 0137:300acd92.


This problem occurs when the following conditions are true:

  • You create a chart with error bars in Microsoft Excel 97. -and-

  • You drag the chart from Microsoft Excel to another Office 97 program (for example, Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint). -and-

  • You double-click the Microsoft Excel chart object in another Office 97 program to edit the object. -and-

  • You click the Chart Wizard tool and change the chart type in the Chart Wizard.


To work around this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click the Excel chart object.
  2. Click the Chart Wizard tool.
  3. Click Next to proceed to step 2 in the Chart Wizard.
  4. Click Back to return to step 1. Change the chart type and click Next.

Continue running the wizard and make the changes you want.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This problem no longer occurs in Microsoft Excel 2000.

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