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Excel XP won't scroll view

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I can only see either the top few rows (AutoFilter off or set to 'All') or whatever rows I have filtered to view. in this large single-tabbed spreadsheet (with few formulas) running Excel XP (from Office XP Standard) on a Pentium 4 512M Ram Dell GX240

I can operate on cells I cannot see using shortcut keys and similar techniques. The scroll bar works correctly for whatever cell or areas I have selected, but again, I what is on the screen does not change (unless I change AutoFilter).

Have run Office Repair using CD and Add/Remove programs to no effect. Other spreadsheets operate normally, and when I select a large area from this spreadsheet and paste it into another spreadsheet, or a new tab on the 'problem' spreadsheet, all cells are viewable, scrollable .. "normal."
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by:bruintje
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Hi esc_toe_account,

a workaround would be copy all data to a new workbook

just do a CTRL+A and CTRL+C and in a new workbook a paste

since i two things could be the problem,

-a corrupt workbook
-or a setting where i'm looking for :)

:O)Bruintje
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by:bruintje
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OK check your

-options
-tab view
-left there are the scrollbars and tabs guess these are unchecked in your workbook

:O)Bruintje
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by:esc_toe_account
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Yes, I realize, as I have tested already, that it can all be copied. This is a famous workaround in Excel. But it doesn't always fix hidden problems.

Since this is the second time I have seen a problem like this with Excel XP and would like a solution/prevention rather than copying. There is no other indication of corruption, but if something were to turn up later I would rather find it first.

If you mean Tool/Options/View tab, scrollbars is checked, as mentioned in my question it is visible and working. (Tabs is also checked.)
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so what you're seeing is teh sheet as it opens and you can see everything is normal except that the window content isn't changing on scrolling outside what you already see?

that is really weird...
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by:esc_toe_account
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Weird indeed .. everything I can test works fine, except that when I am working on cells or areas "off the page" I can't actually SEE what I am working on.

I have to copy whatever I have worked on into another spreadsheet or tab to see if what I did worked!
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bruintje earned 125 total points
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the only thing i can think of now is that in a way the freeze panes (windows
 freeze panes) played up, and has the sheet frozen just in the left down corner in a strange way and so you can see only this part and the rest is behind the frozen part of the sheet

i would be inclined to report this directly to MS, maybe send that weird workbook to them and see if they explain what is happening

:O)Bruintje
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by:esc_toe_account
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Bingo! It was a strange freeze panes scenario. Removing and adding back in freeze panes solved the problem.
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guess it is really my lucky day earning points on hunches

glad it worked out and thanks for the grade
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