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When you quit Microsoft Excel 97, you may receive the following errormessage:
Cannot quit Microsoft Excel.
You are unable to quit Microsoft Excel 97.
This problem occurs if you attempt to quit Microsoft Excel 97 afterperforming either of the following actions:
You press F8 when the pointer is not inside a subroutine or a function. -or-
You press F8 when the pointer is in an empty Visual Basic module.
NOTE: If you subsequently run a Visual Basic macro or subroutine, theproblem does not occur.
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In a Visual Basic module, place the cursor inside an existing subroutine, or type a new subroutine. Then, press F5 twice to run the subroutine.
NOTE: If you use a new subroutine, it is recommended that you use a subroutine similar to the following:
Sub Test() MsgBox "This is a test." End Sub
In Microsoft Excel 97, point to Macro on the Tools menu and click Macros. Then, click the name of a macro and click Run. Press F5 again to run the subroutine.
After you run a subroutine, you can quit Microsoft Excel 97.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft productslisted at the beginning of this article. This problem no longer occurs in Microsoft Excel 2000.
Normally, if you press F8 when the Visual Basic Editor is active, theselected subroutine or function is run in "step into" mode. When you run amacro in this mode, you can execute one line of code at a time by pressingF8 repeatedly. You can exit step into mode by pressing F5. The Visual BasicEditor also automatically exits Step Into mode when a macro is completed.
If you press F8 when the pointer is not inside a subroutine or function,Microsoft Excel 97 enters step into mode; however, no macro is active. As aresult, even though no macro is running, Microsoft Excel 97 behaves asthrough a macro is running. When this behavior occurs, you cannot quitMicrosoft Excel 97.