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Sharing Workbooks

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Is it really worthwhile sharing workbooks in Excel? Can we effectively share and work in the same workbook, in the same sheet at the same time, among five users?
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Rory Archibald earned 252 total points
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No. Shared Workbooks are notorious for becoming corrupt, losing data and exhibiting weird behaviour in addition to their functional limitations. They should be avoided at all costs.
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jppinto earned 248 total points
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Shared workbook tend to get corrupted! It's just a question of time until they get corrupted so you should avoid them as much as you can. It's better to create a workbook for each of your users to work and then link the important cells to one central workbook to get the information compiled.

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It depends on the use.
If a small group of people works on it, and they only work in their own rows/columns it is fine.
I use it with my colleagues.

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but it will only be  a matter of time bfor you ask for help to ort out  corrupted shared file.


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