You are not prompted to save the changes when you change and close a workbook in Excel


For a Microsoft Excel 97 version of this article, see 173113 .

For a Microsoft Excel 98 version of this article, see 183610 .

Symptoms


When you change and then close a workbook in Microsoft Excel, you are not prompted to save the changes.

Cause


This issue may occur if the following conditions are true:
  • You run a macro that changes the caption of the workbook window.
  • You try to close the workbook without first saving the changes.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, do either of the following:
  • Press CTRL+S to save the changes before you close the workbook.
  • Add a line of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code in the macro to set the Saved property to False. Do this after the line that sets the Caption property of the workbook window.
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  1. Start Excel and create a new workbook.
  2. Press ALT+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor.
  3. On the Insert menu, click Module.
  4. Type the following code into the new module.

          Sub Caption_Macro()

    '
    'More code here.
    '

    'Changes the Caption property of the first window
    Windows(1).Caption = "Window 1"

    'Setting that the workbook has changed.
    ActiveWorkbook.Saved = False

    '
    'More code here.
    '


    End Sub
  5. Switch to Excel. To do this, press ALT+F11.
  6. On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and click Macros. Click
    Caption_macro and click Run.
  7. On the File menu, click Close.
You receive a message that prompts you to save the workbook.

More Information


In most cases, if you attempt to close a changed workbook that you have not saved, you are prompted to save the changes. To save changes that you want to keep, save them before you close the workbook.


The Saved property returns a True or False value depending on whether changes have been made to the workbook. Note that it is possible to set the Saved property to True or False.