Office 2003 embedded objects no longer open; is there a way to repair this functionality?
Posted on 2008-10-21
I'm running Micrsoft Office 2003 on Windows XP SP3. Several weeks ago, I noticed that my PC wouldn't permit me to work on embedded objects anymore. For example, if I open a Word document and try to insert an Excel worksheet, here's what happens:
Open blank word document
Insert/Object/Create New/Excel worksheet
[New window opens in Excel, spreadsheet is called Worksheet in Document 1]
Enter any test data in cell A1
File/Close and Return to Document 1
If I copy any active cells from Excel and paste into Word, here's what happens:
Select any cells
As: Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet Object
Error Message: Microsoft Office Excel. Microsoft Office Excel has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvencience.
[Error reporting to Microsoft generates no information helpful to me.]
Close error message box.
Another Error Message: Microsoft Office Word. There is insufficient memory. Save the document now.
This sequence of events is fairly new. I used to be able to embed objects without issue on this computer. I believe some files must have become corrupted.
Solutions attempted already:
In Excel: Tools/Options/General. Unchecked ignore other applications.
Test in Wordpad: Tried embedding PowerPoint slide object. Object is not visible, but double clicking on it does open a PowerPoint slide with the correct content.
In Wordpad: Tried to insert Excel Worksheet. Error message: Failed to create object. Make sure application is entered in the system registry.