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Presence of COMMENT causes runtime error when HYPERLINK is added to shape that is added to same xl sheet

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I DO dynamically display and delete SHAPES (derived from .jpgs) on an excel sheet.
Set Sh = ws.Shapes.AddPicture("C:\path\danger.jpg", msoCTrue, msoTrue, .Left, .Top, 20, 16)

The shapes DO actuate subs via hyperlinks;
Hyperlink ScreenTips provide users with a tooltip explanation for the informational role of each shape.

I WISH to have comments on various cells in the same xl sheet to explain other data, which is not associated with the hyperlinked shapes.

HOWEVER, as the attached demo shows (one sub of v few lines):

When I add a cell COMMENT, this causes a runtime error in the sub at the level of adding the hyperlink to the SHAPE. this occurs even when all the arguments are null:
ws.Hyperlinks.Add anchor:=ws.Shapes(ws.Shapes.Count), Address:="", SubAddress:="", ScreenTip:=""

Comments on sheet2 do not cause runtime errors to shapes added to sheet1.

This looks like a bug?
Have anyone got a work-around or other suggestion?

Thanks! Kelvin
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Rory Archibald earned 2000 total points
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It works fine for me in 2010, but I don't see why you don't use your Sh reference instead of ws.Shapes(ws.Shapes.Count) which may be returning the comment for you:

            '** Adjust Path details (next line) for the location of danger.jpg **
            Set Sh = ws.Shapes.AddPicture("C:\testing\bh602.png", msoCTrue, msoTrue, .Left, .Top, 20, 16)
            '''This line throws a run time error (see image of warning pasted onto Sheeet1)
            ws.Hyperlinks.Add anchor:=Sh, Address:="", SubAddress:="", ScreenTip:=""

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Thanks,
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by:Kelvin4
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Rory:
Much appreciate your rapid response that I could not ack the same say.

Still a learner of the xl object model, I had thought there might be some cross-talk between the Shapes collection and the Comments collection; and thought this would be strange.  

Is such cross talk also implied within your comment that "ws.Shapes(ws.Shapes.Count) .... may be returning the comment for you:"?  

One great relief, and a SIMPLE solution!!
Thanks,
Kelvin
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by:Rory Archibald
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Yes, that's what I was implying. Comments (and anything else that sits in the drawing layer above a sheet) are part of the Shapes collection.
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