Solved

Excel 2010 sharing workbooks

Posted on 2010-08-25
3
1,401 Views
Last Modified: 2012-07-16
Hello, We're experiencing problems with sharing Workbooks in Excel 2007 when too many users try to access a workbook at the same time.  Is Excel 2010 any better at coping with sharing Spreadsheets than Excel 2007. Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:JohnDoody
[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
  • 3
3 Comments
 
LVL 45

Accepted Solution

by:
patrickab earned 250 total points
ID: 33519421
JohnDoody,

You won't like the answer that I'm about to give, but it is the ONLY answer that can be given:

"Excel does not handle 'Shared' workbooks reliably. They are often corrupted at random and apparently without cause. Clearly there is a cause but it has not yet been isolated and fixed by MS. There is nothing you can do to avoid shared workbooks corrupting. The ONLY thing that can be done is to make them single user.

To help you with the single user file system try adopting this approach instead. It does work rather well so it's worth doing. First make the file(s) single user. Second edit everyone's user profile in Excel - Tools/Options/General/UserName and in there put the person's name and telephone extension number. Then whenever you attempt to open a file that someone else is using, a dialogue box will pop-up telling you who is the current user - and it tells you their telephone extension number! The new user can opt to either call the current user or open the file as read-only.

I realise it seems odd that MS would have an unreliable feature in Excel but I'm afraid that's the way it is. If you must have simultaneous access then it would be wise to use a proper database.

For Office 2007:  Office Button > Excel Options >Popular tab >User name"

Patrick
0
 
LVL 45

Assisted Solution

by:patrickab
patrickab earned 250 total points
ID: 33519518
>Is Excel 2010 any better at coping with sharing Spreadsheets than Excel 2007.

I'm afraid it isn't.
0
 
LVL 45

Expert Comment

by:patrickab
ID: 33521523
JohnDoody - Thanks for the grade & points - Patrick
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

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

This tutorial explains how to create a series of drop-down lists that are dependent upon prior selections to guide (“force”) the user to make the correct selection and reduce data errors within Microsoft Excel. Excel 2010 was used for this tutorial;…
: Microsoft Office Collaborate for free and online versions of Microsoft  Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Onedrive , Email, Calendar etc. In short we can say that Microsoft office is a suite of servers, applications and services developed by  Micr…
Graphs within dashboards are meant to be dynamic, representing data from a period of time that will change each time the dashboard is updated with new data. Rather than update each graph to point to a different set within a static set of data, t…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate in Google Sheets how to use the HYPERLINK function to create live links inside your spreadsheet.

707 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