How to Fix Microsoft Excel Program Errors
Excel Program Errors Fix
Microsoft Excel is a comprehensive spreadsheet program that occasionally runs into program errors. These errors occur when something, usually a file, within Excel’s structure is damaged or goes missing. When vital program files are missing or corrupt, program errors occur. You may see a message indicating that Excel has encountered an error and needs to close or Excel may fail to start completely. Excel program errors, and Office errors in general, are alarming because the software isn’t cheap. The last thing that you want to do is shell out hundreds of dollars for a fresh installation of Excel. Fortunately, you can deal with most Excel program errors.
Fix the errors on your own by taking advantage of Office’s built-in repair tool. This tool, known as Detect and Repair in Excel 2003 and below and Microsoft Office Diagnostics in Excel 2007, scans your copy of Excel to make sure that it is not suffering from damaged or missing program files. Should damage be detected, the repair tool fixes the program errors by replacing the damaged or lost files with clean copies from the installation disc or from Microsoft’s server.
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Using Detect and Repair to Fix Excel Program Errors
If your copy of Excel is 2003 or below, launch Excel and click on Help. From there, choose Detect and Repair and follow the prompts to repair Excel. If Excel simply refuses to open, a common Excel program error, all hope is not lost because you can also access this tool from any Office program. In addition, you can go into Add and Remove Programs and repair Office in there. Have your Office installation discs handy as you may need to use them to repair Excel’s program files.
Using Microsoft Office Diagnostics to Fix Excel Program Errors
If you use Excel 2007, you’ll need to click on the Office button followed by Excel Options. Now, find the Resources area, click it and look for “run Microsoft Office Diagnostics.” Click the Diagnose button and follow the prompt. This tool runs a battery of tests on Excel and helps you to fix Excel program errors.
Like Detect and Repair, if your copy of Excel will not open due to the nature of its program errors, you have options. You can launch Word or Outlook and access the Microsoft Office Diagnostics tool from within one of these programs or you can launch the tool directly. To launch the tool directly, go to the Start button, click on All Programs, find Microsoft Office, expand the Office folder, find the Microsoft Office Tools folder, and launch Microsoft Office Diagnostics tool directly.
The Detect and Repair utility and the Microsoft Office Diagnostic tool are excellent tools for fixing Excel program errors.
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