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Posted on 2016-10-11
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Hello,

I have downloaded an 'EXCEL' worksheet from a government tax website. I have to fill out some details in this sheet ( .Xlsm )
This sheet has a 'BUTTON' called " Generate XML " 
When i choose this option, it asks me to choose the file name and location. When i choose OK, it comes up with an error.
" Invalid procedure call or argument ".
How do i fix this error and generate an XML file?
This is a protected worksheet and does not allow me to edit the "macros" or choose " file - save as - XML "
I use Excel 2007
Please help
Thanks,
Michael
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different to find the issue, without seeing to code or the file.
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by:Michael Sachin
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Hi,
I have attached the actual Excel file for your reference. The previous post also has an image file with the error.
I hope you can work on this

Thanks for your help,
Michael
Annx-08-Goods_Purchased_in_the_Cour.xlsm
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@Michael Sachin

i have examined the file, i have repeated what you did, added some data and then click Generate XML and then it asked for folder selection and it successfully created XML file.

the reason you face that error is that you use Excel 2007 and the VBA code that generate XML is using a method called "Early Binding" which requires the object reference in VBA reference library.
the current XML library selected in the file is XML 6 while the one in Excel 2007 is the lower version.
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unfortunately, you cannot change that because the VBA is password protected; and breaking the password is easy, however, it is not ok to do so, becuase the author of workbook must have locked it for a reason.

this is one of the mistakes that VBA developers do all the time, using early binding that creates problem with next versions of software and that is why it is preferred to use Late binding method when VBA developers write the code that uses object libraries.

this issue is fixable, but since we do not have the VBA project password, i think it is best to approach the author of the workbook and ask to fix this.

or if author is willing to share with you the unlocked version, then simply Open VBE by pressing ALT + F11 then go to Tools > References then untick the MISSING item and scroll down and select the XML version which is available in your library list. could be version 5 . click save and then it will work.
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by:Michael Sachin
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Hello,
Thank you for your effort. I tried the above mentioned options but no go.
I have attached the unprotected worksheet for your reference. Please look into this and
see if you are able to get it to work. I hope you can. I have been trying to work around this for the past
5 days and unable to.

Thanks
Michael
Annx-08-Goods_Purchased_in_the_Cour.xlsm
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Hi,

I downloaded the previous version of the excel file (V1.0) and it worked fine. I think the issue was that I had used the file that was meant for the mac OS. Attached a screenshot that suggests that.

Issue resolved.

Thanks for your help

Cheers!
Michael
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you are welcome.

i am glad i was able to help.
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Downloaded file was for the mac OS. Had to download a different file for Windows. Thanks.
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