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Why can I run my excel macro directly but not from a button?

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I have written a macro, changept, to restructure a pivot table.  The macro works when I run it directly from excel(tools> macro, etc) but when I create a button and call changept within the event code I get an error message.  Why?  Is this just (yet) another example of VBA not handling pivot tables very well or am I doing this the wrong way?


I'm including the code for completeness below but this question is more about the difference between running code from a button and running it directly.

Thanks in advance

sub changept()
ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable1").PivotSelect "", xlDataAndLabel
ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable1").AddFields RowFields:= _
    "Selected Price Bands EU", ColumnFields:="Month ", PageFields:=Array( _
    "Page Size", "Print Speed Colour", "Mono Speed Band", "Long Product Name", _
        "Memory - RAM (MB)", "Print Speed Black (ppm)", "Vendor ", _
        "Channel ", "Mono or Colour")

endsub

Private Sub CommandButton3_Click()
changept
End Sub
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Question by:Tamalaine
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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What is the error?
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by:Tamalaine
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Runtime error 1004,Addfields method of PivotTable Class failed!
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by:Tamalaine
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Runtime error 1004,Addfields method of PivotTable Class failed!
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Runtime error 1004,Addfields method of PivotTable Class failed!
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by:WolfgangKoenig
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Try this:
sub changept()
ActiveCell.Activate
ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable1").PivotSelect "", xlDataAndLabel
ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable1").AddFields RowFields:= _
...

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WoK  
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by:Tamalaine
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I've just discovered that it was apparently an excel bug.  I was having the problems on excel 97 but it works fine on 2000!  That said, I'd still be interested in knowing why I can run the macro directly but not via the button in excel 97.  Is it just down to excel being buggy or are there proper reasons for it?
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calacuccia earned 100 total points
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Tamalaine,

This is a design problem of Excel, and I believe the workaround proposed by WolfgangKoeing is working.

See this article

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q177527
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by:Tamalaine
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That's what I needed.  Thanks for everyone's help!
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