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For Excel 7.0a macros, is there an equivalent to Lotus 1-2-3's {WINDOWSOFF} and {WINDOWSON} pair?  They freeze and unfreeze the display while the macro is running (to save execution time, and to avoid annoying the user with flashing screen activity). I tried ActiveWindow.Visible = False, but then the next command (e.g., Range("A2").Select) gives an error -- as if the workbook did not exist. Is it even possible to work on a sheet when it is not visible?  
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Use these:

Application.ScreenUpdating = False 'turn off
Application.ScreenUpdating = True ' turn on

If the workbook is hidden, you have set variables to refer to your ranges before the workbook is hidden.

But if you can turn off screen display refresh, you probably don't need the hidden method.
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Use these:

Application.ScreenUpdating = False 'turn off
Application.ScreenUpdating = True ' turn on

If the workbook is hidden, you have set variables to refer to your ranges before the workbook is hidden.

But if you can turn off screen display refresh, you probably don't need the hidden method.

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Fantastic!  Spot on; it works great.  
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