MS14-082 causing Excel buttons/combo boxes to lose functionality

Posted on 2014-12-16
Last Modified: 2014-12-16
Hello! I have a user having a problem with Excel 2010 after installing update MS14-082. She has built tools using ActiveX form controls and after installing this update, the buttons and combo boxes do nothing. She is not even able to click on them. We believe the problem is the update because of this article: So the questions she has are:

1.)      Will tools built using ActiveX form controls before this update was installed work on other PCs who have installed this update?
2.)      If you create a tool after applying these resolution steps, will this issue persist?
Question by:mrosier
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Martin Liss earned 500 total points
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It's a known bug and here's a fix. Note that I just did it myself 10 minutes ago and instead of deleting the files (I had more than one) I renamed them. Everything works fine for me now.

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Should this work for Office 2007 to your knowledge? I performed these actions renaming the .exd file (I only found one in Excel), restarted, but still have issues with buttons.
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by:Martin Liss
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This is the article that got me on the trail to fixing my problem in Excel 2010 where I couldn't insert ActiveX controls on a sheet. It doesn't seem to mention Excel 2007 and sorry but I don't have any idea about it's effectiveness for that.
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yeah the weird thing is with these same files, I tried them on a separate 2010 computer for the first time after the update and had no problems using the buttons. should I close this question or should I expect anyone else to post concerning 2007?
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by:Martin Liss
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Closing or not is up to you. You might have some luck chiming in on this Excel 2007 thread.

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ahhh ok, thanks!!
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You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

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