Excel will not open

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Gabriel M Ramoloilug

Twice I run into this same problem and on different
computcr. When I click the shortcut on my desktop to open
Excel, ( ), the 1st screen of Excel opening comes up as
if the application will open. However, the mouse pointer
continues to be at the status of Excel opening but will
never open. It appears as if the process of opening Excel
is not responding because it just hangs. When I click
CTRL-ALT-Delete to see the process, I get the flwg
message: "The system is dangerously low in resources!
Would you like to terminate the following application
(Microsoft Excel not responding."

Appreciate a response from anyone.

Gabe
 
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Jan Karel Pieterse

Hi Gabriel,
Twice I run into this same problem and on different
computcr. When I click the shortcut on my desktop to open
Excel, ( ), the 1st screen of Excel opening comes up as
if the application will open. However, the mouse pointer
continues to be at the status of Excel opening but will
never open.
This is a default list of things-to-do when Excel exhibits startup
problems.

Try opening Excel without any addins or hidden workbooks:

Start, Run,
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe" /Automation

Quotes mandatory, Note you may have to change the path.

If your error disappears, there is either an add-in or a (hidden)
workbook that is loaded upon XL's start, which bothers you.

- Try locating the XLSTART directory, move everything from there.
- In XL: Tools, Addins, note the ones checked and uncheck them one at
the time, each time restarting XL
- In XL, Tools, options, general. Check if a path is entered after
"Alternate startup file location". Clear it.

Another option is to open XL in Safe mode:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe" /Safe

Also, you might try:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe" /Regserver

Yet another possible problem is a corruption of your toolbar
customisation file. Locate all files with extension .xlb and rename the
extension(s) to something like .old
Now try and start XL again.

Also, NAV has shown to cause "Excel caused an invalid page
fault in module VBE6.DLL".
You might try disabling the Office plug in of NAV.

Other causes may be a full TEMP folder:

In Windows 95/98 and ME

Delete all files in C:\Windows\Temp

In Windows NT/2000/XP

Find and Select C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\local settings\temp
and delete all files in there.

They are often left behind by installing programs but Excel needs the
space.

This is what MS has to say about startup problems:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q280504

And this about startup switches:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q211481


Regards,

Jan Karel Pieterse
Excel MVP
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