Excel catastrophic failure

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I mean, there was a problem, but I think ‘Catastrophic’ is maybe overstating it.

It did lock Excel and force a Task manager exit, but reopening from an untrusted location (so macros didn’t run) let the file open fine.

Its a shared workbook so in a way they deserve whatever they get, but actually nowhere in the Excel documentation does it say ‘Don’t use this feature is unstable, always has been’.

I’m just waiting to hear if unsharing, cleaning the VBA and resharing has fixed it.

No word as  yet so I think we can take that as a ‘yes’, or at least a ‘very probably’.

cheers

Simon

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5 Responses to “Excel catastrophic failure”

  1. Gordon Says:

    Nice one, never seen that before and I’ve been a (reluctant) heavy user of shared workbooks for the past 3 years or so.

  2. jonpeltier Says:

    I’ve seen this very rarely, and not with shared workbooks.

  3. sam Says:

    I saw this last week….I dont remember the exact circumstances….but for sure it was with External Data (Query)

  4. Stephane Rodriguez Says:

    Catastrophic failure is the english-friendly message for HRESULT error E_UNEXPECTED (0x8000FFFF).

    If you pass 0x8000FFFF to the Visual Studio Error lookup tool, you’ll get that message as well.

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