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Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure to back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
When you open a Microsoft Excel 2000 workbook that has a URL that is longer than 255 characters, you may receive the following error message:
<File Name> is locked for editing
by '<User Name>'.
Click 'Notify' to open a read-only copy of the document and
receive notification when the document is no longer in use.
Note This error message does not appear the first time that you open the file. The message appears the second time and on subsequent times.
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2000. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
276367 How to obtain the latest Office 2000 service pack
To enable this hotfix, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click to select the following registry key: