Out of Memory
Not enough System Resources to Display Completely
There isn't enough memory to complete this action. Try using less data or closing other applications. To increase memory availability, consider:
- Using a 64-bit version of Microsoft Excel.
- Adding memory to your device.
Before we explore the more common reasons for the memory errors, it good to understand Excel's limitations. Please see the following resources for more information:
Excel specifications and limits
Excel memory limitations
"Not enough memory" error messages when you copy formulas over large area in Excel
If you are not hitting a resource limitation, these are the most common resolutions.
Method 1: Contents of the spreadsheet
The first thing to determine is if the error is specific to one workbook (or others created from the same template). Typical actions that cause memory error messages are:
- Inserting a row or column
- Performing calculations
- Copy and pasting
- Opening or closing the workbook
- Running VBA
If you are seeing the error when performing any of the above actions, it's time to look to determine what is going on in your file. These will be addressed in the sections below.
If you are inserting rows and columns, performing calculations, or copying and pasting and receive the message, it can be tied to formulas having to recalculate.
Consider this scenario:
You have a spreadsheet with 1 million formulas on a sheet and you insert a new column. This will force Excel to recalculate all the formulas in the spreadsheet adjusting for the new column that you inserted. It is very possible, depending on the complexity of your spreadsheet, bitness of Excel, and how the spreadsheet is built, and what formulas are used, that you receive the out of resources error.
The following articles address how to optimize performance with calculations
Excel 2010 Performance: Tips for Optimizing Performance Obstructions
Excel 2010 Performance: Improving Calculation Performance
Other Spreadsheet Elements
Other areas that can cause the memory issues are excess shapes, complex PivotTables, macros, and complex charts with many data points. The following article walks through identifying and fixing these issues.
Top 10 List of Performance Issues in Excel Workbooks
Custom Views in a Shared WorkbookIf you are using the feature Shared Workbook. (Review Ribbon>Share Workbook) Cleaning out the Custom Views may help with available memory. To do this;
1. On the View Ribbon
2. Custom Views on the dialog choose Delete
Deleting Custom Views doesn't delete anything in the spreadsheet, it does delete the print areas, and filters. These can easily be reapplied.
If your issue is not resolved after you clean up the file, go to method 2.
Method 2: Verify/install the latest updates
You might have to set Windows Update to automatically download and install recommended updates. Installing any important, recommended, and optional updates can frequently correct problems by replacing out-of-date files and fixing vulnerabilities. To install the latest Office updates, click the link specific to your version of Windows and follow the steps in that article.
Operating system updates:
Install Windows updates
For more information about Office updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Office downloads & updates
If your issue is not resolved after you install the updates, go to method 3.
Method 3: Add-ins interferingCheck the Add-ins that are running, and try disabling them to see if Excel is working properly. Follow the directions in the following article to disable the add-ins.
View, manage, and install add-ins in Office programs
If you find that Excel is no longer giving you the error after you remove the add-ins, then it is recommended to contact the manufacturer of the add-in for support.
If your issue is not resolved after you remove the add-ins, go to method 4.
Method 4: Test disabling Preview/Details Pane in Windows 7If you are running Windows 7, try disabling the preview and details panes in Windows. You will have to disable them in three locations.
When Excel launches, it uses the default printer to help render the file. Try testing with the "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" as the default printer and see if we continue to get the error. To do this;
Method 5: Test a different Default Printer
- Close Excel
- Open the printer and faxes window (XP) or Devices and Printers (Vista, 7, 8, 10)
- Right click the "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" printer
- Click Set as Default
Method 6: Test without Antivirus Antivirus can sometimes cause problems by continuously trying to scan the Excel file or something in the file. Many times the memory error will be random and will be found with any spreadsheet. Test this by shutting off the antivirus temporarily, or by not having Excel files scanned. In some cases the AV will need to be removed.
If your issue is not resolved after you turn off antivirus, go to method 7.
Method 7: Test with 64 bit version of Excel
Working with large Excel files can use the memory available to the 32 bit Excel application. In any 32 bit application there is a 2 GB limitation.
If your processes need to use more than 2 GB's, then you need to carefully consider moving to Microsoft Excel 64 bit version. The 64 bit version will allow all available physical RAM on the machine to be used. If you are interested in researching 64 bit versions, see the information below.
64-bit editions of Office 2013
Excel 2010 – Now With More Bits!
If your issue is not resolved after testing on 64 bit, go to method 8.
Method 8: Other applications are consuming the computer's memory and not enough is being allocated to Excel.Does the message clear up for some time after you reboot or shut off some of your applications? That's probably a good sign this is your issue, follow the steps to shut down some of the extra applications running on your computer.
How to perform a clean boot in Windows
Excel cannot complete this task with available resources error, Excel 2010
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Article ID: 2779852 - Last Review: May 13, 2016 - Revision: 1