Microsoft KB Archive/175227

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Article ID: 175227

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q175227


When you copy text from Microsoft Word and paste it to Microsoft Excel, you may receive one of the following error messages.

Microsoft Excel 97

Excel caused an Invalid Page Fault in module Kernel32.dll at 0137:bff858cd

NOTE: If you are running Microsoft Windows 95 in Safe mode, you receive the following error message:

Excel excecuted an invalid instruction in module <unknown> at 0000:00000017

Microsoft Excel 7.0

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at 0137:50018fd6


This behavior may occur if the following conditions are true:

  • In a Microsoft Word document, you copy text that resembles a formula or function in Microsoft Excel.

This includes text that begins with an equal sign (=), a minus sign (-), a plus sign (+), or the at sign (@). This text is interpreted as a valid formula or function in Microsoft Excel.


  • In Microsoft Excel, you click Paste Special on the Edit menu, click Text, and then click OK to paste the text into a cell.


To work around this problem, change the text so it does not resemble a valid formula or function in Microsoft Excel before you copy the text from Microsoft Word. You can do this by excluding the beginning symbol as part of the selection.


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

Additional query words: XL97 error message

Keywords: kbbug kbinterop KB175227