Error Pasting/Cannot Paste Chart into Microsoft Word

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If you copy a chart in Microsoft Excel and then attempt to paste the chartinto a document in Microsoft Word, either of the following problems mayoccur:
  • You cannot paste the chart. The Paste menu items on the Edit menu and on the shortcut menu are not available.

  • If you are running Microsoft Excel in Microsoft Windows 95/98, you may receive the following error message:
    This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.
    If you click Details, you receive the following error message:
    EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at <address>.
    Where address is 0137:30040e8e or 0137:3003a6df in Windows 95.
These problems may occur if the following conditions are true:
  • In Microsoft Excel, you create a chart and then copy the chart to the Clipboard.

  • You either quit Microsoft Excel without saving the workbook that contains the chart, or you close the workbook without saving it. As a result, the chart is not saved with the workbook.

  • You then attempt to paste the chart into a document in Microsoft Word.
Note that this problem does not occur when you use earlier versions ofMicrosoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
To work around these problems, do not close the workbook in MicrosoftExcel or quit Microsoft Excel until after you have pasted the chart inMicrosoft Word. After you paste the chart, you can safely close theworkbook or quit Microsoft Excel.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft productslisted at the beginning of this article.

Article ID: 179458 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 17:25:00 - Revision: 2.0

  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 98 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
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