?
Solved

Excel 97 on Vista - unable to record macro

Posted on 2009-05-11
6
Medium Priority
?
587 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have installed Office Pro 97 on a Vista machine, but cannot record a macro in either Word or Excel.  Thinking it might be a problem with references I tried to check but cannot get into references - it is greyed out.
When I try to record a macro I get "unable to record".
0
Comment
Question by:CraigStenton
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
6 Comments
 

Expert Comment

by:squirrel_force
ID: 24353204
97 Office doesnt work on Vista thats the problem.

The version atleast you need is 2003 for full support.
0
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:tbsgadi
ID: 24353207
Check allow macros in your Macro Security settings
0
 
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

by:
Danny Child earned 500 total points
ID: 24353646
workaround here:
http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/674573-excel-97-unable-record-macro.html
at the end

"open a worksheet I had created while I was using Windows XP (and in which I still could record macros), delete its contents and existing macros so that it was totally empty, then save the worksheet as a template, which I named OKmacro.

From now on if I wish to create a worksheet and record macros I can simply open the template. "
Kudos to Cullism of that site if it works...
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Danny Child
ID: 24353719
But you should be aware that Excel 97 stopped having support, ie patches on 16/1/04

So, you're at risk using it from all kinds of nasties, bugs, flaws and so on.  
http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=1757

and full list
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselectoff

Me, I'd upgrade in a heartbeat.  You can get a 60 day trial download of Office 2007
http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/products/HA101741481033.aspx
0
 
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:Geisrud
Geisrud earned 500 total points
ID: 24359344
True enough that Office 97 isn't supported on Vista, or by Microsoft at this point.  However, it does work on Vista - I have it on my machine.  Running macros.

One thing I noticed is that when you go to record it, I got the same error as you when I didn't give it a shortcut key.  As soon as I did, it when right into recording...
0

Featured Post

Free learning courses: Active Directory Deep Dive

Get a firm grasp on your IT environment when you learn Active Directory best practices with Veeam! Watch all, or choose any amount, of this three-part webinar series to improve your skills. From the basics to virtualization and backup, we got you covered.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article describes a serious pitfall that can happen when deleting shapes using VBA.
If you need to forecast numbers -- typically for finance -- the Windows and Mac versions of Excel 2016 have a basket of tools to get the job done.
In this video you will find out how to export Office 365 mailboxes using the built in eDiscovery tool. Bear in mind that although this method might be useful in some cases, using PST files as Office 365 backup is troublesome in a long run (more on t…
Have you created a query with information for a calendar? ... and then, abra-cadabra, the calendar is done?! I am going to show you how to make that happen. Visualize your data!  ... really see it To use the code to create a calendar from a q…

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question