reattach personal.xlsb

Posted on 2014-02-24
Last Modified: 2014-02-25
I'm using Excel 2010. I've created and used a set of macros that are saved in personal.xlsb. The file is located in the correct location:
and worked for a while. Now when I start Excel, the personal workbook doesn't open and the macros are not available.

If I doubleclick the personal.xlsb file, the macros are still there...

How do i get Excel to recognize and open the personal.xlsb file again?
Question by:Scott Helmers
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by:Patrick Matthews
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Check your Trusted Locations in Trust Center.  Is XLSTART listed as the User StartUp folder?
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by:Scott Helmers
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Yes it istrusted locations
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by:Patrick Matthews
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Strange, I've never seen this happen.

I would try this:
Back up the old Personal.xlsb to a safe place
Export all modules, userforms, and class modules from the Personal.xlsb
Delete it
Use "record macro" to record a silly little macro stored in the Personal file, thus recreating it
Import the VBA objects back in
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by:Scott Helmers
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Thanks for the suggestion, Patrick. I created a new personal.xlsb, imported the single code module, and saved the .xlsb.

When I launch Excel the personal.xlsb does not open: it's not visible in the VBE nor do the macros appear if I click the Macros button on the Developer tab.

The XLSTART still shows correctly as a trusted location.

Some sort of weird permissions issue?? BTW, I'm running Windows 7 on this machine.
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by:Patrick Matthews
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I'm stumped.  I'm running Windows 7 myself, and I've not seen this happen before.  I suggest you hit Request Attention and ask the Mods to send some alerts.
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Harry Lee earned 400 total points
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beside the trusted locations, there is still one more place you need to check; Disabled Items.

In Excel, go to File menu, then Options.
Go the Add-Ins.
At the bottom-left, the Manage combo box, select Disabled Items, then press the Go button.
Check the popped up list to see if anything related to the Personal.xlsb is listed.
If there is, select the item and click the Enable button.
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by:Scott Helmers
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Brilliant! That was it. Thanks...
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