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issues with password protected worksheets that are referenced

Posted on 2011-09-27
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We have a user that has been having issues with Excel 2007 on Windows 7. It has been crashing with the sheets she is working with. We gave her a new machine with nothing installed but Office and still have the same issues.

So we have upgraded her to Office 2010, but now have a new issue. When she opens Excel workbook (2003 file type .xls) the referenced cells will not work properly. Instead it says #REF!

In Excel 2007 by default it will not update the workbook links, and gives you the option to update them. In Excel 2010 however even though it still gives you the option to update the links or not, I will still get the #REF! error even if I leave them disabled.

How can I correct this?
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by:BCipollone
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Hmmm could be blocked.  In 2010 they added some protection things inside  File>Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings>File Block settings

Uncheck everything in there.  You may also want to add some trusted locations.  Usually if there is a problem it is somewhere in those menu's.
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Oh also you might want to uncheck this box....  File>Options>Advanced>General>"Ignore other applications that use DDE"
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by:ryan80
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The issue is, that I dont want to update from the other documents. I want to keep that values currently saved in the worksheet without refering to the other documents. Excel 2007 works fine, 2010 does not.

I have selected to ask before automatically updating workbook links, and hit deny, and have also disabled updating workbook links altogether, but it does not work. I also tried disabling an option under advanced>when calculating this workbook>update link to other documents, but have found that it does not retain this setting, even after saving it and reopening it. Plus having to do this for every document and resave it is not a viable option since there are hundreds if not thousands of Excel sheets just like this.



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ryan80 earned 0 total points
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So i found an answer for this. I called MS and opened a case and they gave me a solution and the reason for the behavior.

Excel will try to autocalculate any files that were made in a previous version. There is a regedit that can be added to stop this action.




Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Excel\Options
Add new DWORD value (FullCalcOnLoadOldFile) - no parentheses
Set value to 0
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no solution posted, found answer from other source and posted as reference to others.
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