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XL97: Worksheet Change Event Error Using Names Property

Article ID: 175293

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q175293


When the Change event of a worksheet is triggered, you receive the following error message:

Run-time error '1004':
Application-defined or object-defined error


This problem occurs when you reference the Names property in the Change event procedure as in the following example:

   Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target as Excel.Range)
      Names.Item("Test").RefersTo = "=$a$1"
   End Sub


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The Names property returns the Names collection, which is a collection of all the Name objects in the application or workbook. When you use the Names property within a worksheet-level event procedure and do not precede it with the workbook that it refers to, a run-time error occurs. To eliminate this error, include the workbook object or the ActiveWorkbook object before the Names property.

The following sample code demonstrates accessing the Names collection of the active workbook:

   Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target as Excel.Range)
      ActiveWorkbook.Names.Item("Test").RefersTo = "=$a$1"
   End Sub


For more information about the Names collection, click the Office Assistant while in the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor, type Names Collection, click Search, and then click to view "Names Collection Object."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions

For additional information about getting help with Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

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