Error message when you try to view tracked changes in Excel 2002: "Excel cannot complete this task with available resources"

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SYMPTOMS
After you configure a shared Microsoft Excel 2002 workbook, the first time that you point to Track Changes on the Tools menu, and then click Highlight Changes, you can successfully view any changes that were made to the workbook. If you close the workbook and then later reopen it after other changes to the workbook are saved, when you click Highlight Changes, you receive the following error message:

Excel cannot complete this task with available resources. Choose less data or close other applications.


Do you receive the error when you are not using Track Changes? Are you using another version of Microsoft Excel?

To view information on how to resolve this error in another version of Microsoft Excel, click the link that matches your Excel version:

Excel 2010 error: Excel cannot complete this task with available resources.
Excel 2007 error: Excel cannot complete this task with available resources.
Excel 2003 error: Excel cannot complete this task with available resources.


CAUSE
This problem occurs when all the following conditions are true:
  • You turned on the Protect and Share Workbook feature.

    Note To locate the Protect and Share Workbook feature, point to Protection on the Tools menu, and then click Protect and Share Workbook.
  • When you configured the Protect and Share Workbook feature, you typed a password in the Password (optional) box to protect the workbook with a password.
RESOLUTION

Service Pack Information

This problem is corrected in Office XP Service Pack 3. To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307841 How to obtain the latest Office XP Service Pack

Hotfix Information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The global version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name   --------------------------------------------------------------   11-Nov-2002  11:47                 12,827,200  Excel.msp   11-Nov-2002  12:36                 15,007,308  Excelff.msp

After the hotfix is installed, the global version of this hotfix will have the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table:
   Date          Time    Version       Size        File name        ---------------------------------------------------------   08-Nov-2002   13:47   10.0.4705.0   9,177,672   Excel.exe  

This hotfix is a post-Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) hotfix. To install the hotfix, you must have Office XP SP2 installed. For more information about Office XP SP2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
325671 Description of Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Additionally, you may have to install Windows Installer 2.0 to install this hotfix. For more information about the Windows Installer requirement for post-Office XP SP2 hotfixes, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
330537 Office XP updates and patches released after September 2002 may require Windows Installer 2.0

WORKAROUND
To work around this problem, do not protect the shared workbook with a password.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Office XP Service Pack 3.
MORE INFORMATION
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
xl2002
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Article ID: 331863 - Last Review: 12/07/2015 13:07:24 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition

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