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when I try to name it 'a', Excel XP names it '.xls]a'

when I try to name it '#', Excel XP names it '.xls]#'

what is wrong this time?
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by:lvngstn
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Can you post the command line you're using to do this, cuynen?
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by:cuynen
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the sheets in Excel XP, not the files
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by:lvngstn
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The sheets, huh?  Are you doing anything to rename them besides

RightClick > Rename

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by:cuynen
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I insert a new sheet: right-click existing sheer --> Insert... --> Worksheet

to rename: double-click sheet --> type '#' --> enter

Excel changes the name of the sheet to '.xls]#'
if I try to change the name of the sheet again Excel rejects it (says something like: - more than 31 characters, invalid characters or empty string)
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by:Dreamboat
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Better do the regedit on your Excel, cuynen:

www.theofficeexperts.com/excel.htm

See the regedit under Troubleshooting Excel.
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actually the solution is quite simple:

the name of the file contains '[' and ']' which are characters that have a special meaning in Excel

after renaming the file I can name sheets like I want

still weird that the default sheet is still named 'Sheet1' though
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I'll request a refund in the Community Support section

I've answered the question myself
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