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Symptoms

When you open or use a Microsoft Excel workbook, you may receive this error message:

Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an OLE action.

Cause

This error can occur for one of the following reasons:
  • You try to use the Send as Attachment option in Excel.
  • You try to open an embedded object in Excel.
  • The Excel worksheet tries to access data from another application that is still active.

Resolution

We recommend that you follow the provided methods in this article in order. However, if you had previously tried one of the methods and it did not help, you can jump to another method quickly from this list:

Method 1: Use a different method to attach the Excel workbook

Click here to show information on how you can attach the Excel workbook through another method.

Method 2: Close the application that interacts with Excel

Click here to show information on how you can close the application.

Method 3: Troubleshoot add-ins in Excel

Click here to show information on how to troubleshoot add-ins.

More information

The information provided in this section is for advanced users.

If you created a workbook that is automating another application through VBA, you can add this line of code to turn off the message:

Application.DisplayAlerts = False

Note: This line of code needs to be included in the code that is doing the automation prior to calling the line of code that results in the error occurring.

References

If the information in this knowledge base article did not help resolve your Excel OLE problem, select one of the following options:

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Article ID: 2663513 - Last Review: May 28, 2014 - Revision: 9.1
Applies to
  • Microsoft Excel 2013
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
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