Dev in Excel 2016 - but problems in Excel 2010 (Option Explicit)

Posted on 2016-10-28
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I developed an Excel VBA application in Excel 2016, to be deployed for running in Excel 2010.

In Excel 2010 I get an error "Can't find project or library"

On looking into this I find that ...
Excel 2010 seems to default to Option Explicit. Although I should (!) I have not declared all my variables. How can I turn Option Explicit on?

BUT more interestingly ....!
When I go to the IDE and look in Tools, References is greyed out. So I can't even check if any component is 'missing'.

What's going on here?
Question by:hindersaliva
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ID: 41863758
Got more info!

I created a small Excel 2016 test of minimal code getting data from an Access 2016 db via ADO. On this it does not mind variables not being declared AND I can get into Tools > References.

This is rather puzzling!
Any thoughts welcome.
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Norie earned 2000 total points
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When you goto Tools>References... and it's greyed out is there any code being executed or anything else going on.

By the way, Option Explicit is not default in Excel 2010 (or any other version that I've used) and I doubt Option Explicit is the cause of the problem anyway.

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ID: 41863783

Yes. The 'greyed out' because I was in break mode. Doh!

The reason I getting an 'Option Explicit' mystery (and yes I thought so too Norie, re. it being a default as I had never come across that in my 2010 days) .... I had 'Missing Outlook 2016 Library'. But oddly the code I was running had no need to use that library! So it's still a mystery though I think I'm on my way to clearing this.

In short, I need select the Outlook 2010 Library in Tools > References. Did that and it works.
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Norie earned 2000 total points
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That should fix it but if you are going to develop across versions I would recommend developing in the earliest version and/or using late binding.

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