How to completely remove Excel.


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Leo

Does any one know how to completely uninstall / remove
Excel as if it was never on the system?

I am un able to save any Excel documents. As soon as I
click on the save icon, choose File-Save, or choose File-
Save As, a dialog box saying "The file could not be
accessed. Try one of the following: Make sure the folder
exists. Make sure the folder containing the file is not
read only. Make sure the file name does not contain any of
the following... Make sure the file/path name doesn't
contain more than 218 characters." I get this on openned
files as well as new files. Word saves without a problem.
When I close Excel and it promts to save before closing,
it will then save the document. But I cannot then open it
and save updates without closing Excel.

I have tried upgrading, uninstalling / reinstalling Excel
and Office. but all my customized setting are still
present.

Thanks for any assistance,
Leo
 
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Nick Hodge

Leo

It is seldom necessary to totally remove, although, as you have noted, XL
does leave some small files behind in case you want to re-install.

Before we re-install, try looking for a file called *.xlb (Name changes but
extension is always xlb). It may be hidden so make sure you ask search to
find these too. It is the toolbar customisation file and this can get
corrupted. When you find it move it from it's current location. (Excel will
create a fresh one for you).

If this doesn't work, try going to tools>options...>general> and uncheck
'ignore other applications' (if it's checked)

If this fails, try Tools>add-ins and uncheck all from the list and see if
the problem goes away. If it does, add back one at a time and see which is
at fault.

Remember, you will do best to close Excel and re-open between each step.

If all this fails, you should find a program on the CD called offclean.exe
or similar. This should, after standard removal, clean all traces of Excel
from your system.

Let us know how you got on

--
HTH
Nick Hodge
Microsoft MVP - Excel
Southampton, England
(e-mail address removed)
 
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Leo

Thank you Nick!

The XLB file was the problem. Seems to be working now.

Your assistance is much appreciated. ;^)
-----Original Message-----
Leo

It is seldom necessary to totally remove, although, as you have noted, XL
does leave some small files behind in case you want to re- install.

Before we re-install, try looking for a file called *.xlb (Name changes but
extension is always xlb). It may be hidden so make sure you ask search to
find these too. It is the toolbar customisation file and this can get
corrupted. When you find it move it from it's current location. (Excel will
create a fresh one for you).

If this doesn't work, try going to
tools>options...>general> and uncheck
 

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