MS Excel worksheet renaming problem

I am using windows 98 and MS Excel 97.  I have a workbook having 2 sheets namely "31.08.03" and 30.09.03", in which if I rename a perticular sheet-name and press enter, it prefix ".xls]" to the sheet-name. for example, if I rename the sheet "31.08.03" as "ABC" and press enter, it rename the sheet as ".xls]ABC".  Now, if I try to rename the sheet ".xls]ABC" as "31.08.03" again it shows the error message as "while renaming a sheet or chart, you entered an invalid name.Try one of the following."  Please note that i am not using any special-characters in the sheet name. i have used quote marks to only highlight the sheet names. This problem is not appearing in any newly created workbooks.
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GeeezahConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Rename the Workbook removing any "[" or "]"
Worked for me
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