- 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.
Method 1: Use a different method to attach the Excel workbookClick here to show information on how you can attach the Excel workbook through another method.
We recommend you use the internal Send Using E-mail option in Excel to send the workbook as an attachment. However, if you receive this error, you can can attach the file through the email application as a workaround. Select one of these options to view information on how you can attach the Excel workbook to your email message:
- How to attach a file to an email message in Outlook 2013
- How to attach a file to an email message in Outlook 2010
- How to distribute a Microsoft Office document in Hotmail
Method 2: Close the application that interacts with ExcelClick here to show information on how you can close the application.
The error may occur when Excel interacts with another application and that application is not responding. For example, the Excel worksheet may contain an embedded object (like a Word document) that you attempt to open and the application associated with the object (Word) does not respond in a timely manner.
If this describes your scenario, we recommend you close both Excel and the other application, and then start the Excel workbook again and test.
Method 3: Troubleshoot add-ins in ExcelClick here to show information on how to troubleshoot add-ins.
The error can occur if you have too many Excel add-ins or one of the add-ins is corrupt. We recommend you temporarily disable the add-ins and test your workbook. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click the File tab, click Options, and then click the Add-Ins category.
- In the Manage box, click Excel Add-ins, and then click Go.
- In the Add-Ins available box, clear the check box next to each add-in, and then click OK.
If the error continues to occur, you may also want to remove the COM add-ins. To do this, follow the steps in this Office website article: Add or remove add-ins.
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.
- More Microsoft online articles:
Perform a search to find more online articles about your Excel OLE problem.
- Help from the Microsoft Communityonline community:
Visit the Answers community and post your Office OLE error question.
- Contact Microsoft support:
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Article ID: 2663513 - Last Review: May 28, 2014 - Revision: 1