XL2002: Excel Appears to Stop Responding While Converting Text to Columns in Earlier Version Worksheet

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After you open an Excel worksheet that was created in an earlier version of Excel (for example, Microsoft Excel 97 for Windows), you may experience one of the following scenarios.

Note In both of these scenarios, Excel uses 100 percent of your CPU resources.

Scenario 1

If the worksheet contains a macro to convert text to columns, Excel may appear to stop responding (hang) when you run the macro.

For example, when you run a macro created in an earlier version of Excel that is similar to one of the following examples, Excel may appear to stop responding:
Sub ConvertTextToColumns()      Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A2"), _        DataType:=xlFixedWidth, FieldInfo:=Array(Array(0, 1), _        Array(11, 1), Array(19, 1), Array(44, 1), Array(71, 1))End Sub
Sub ConvertTextToColumns()        Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A2")End Sub

Scenario 2

If you use the Text to Columns command, Excel may appear to stop responding. To convert text to columns, select the cells that contain the text that you want to convert to columns. Then, on the Data menu, click Text to Columns.

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 additional 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 Web site: 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 English version of this fix should have 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 tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time         Size       File name   --------------------------------------------------------------   03-Feb-2003  21:09       15,012,152  Excelff.msp   03-Feb-2003  20:26       12,959,024  Excel.msp				
After the hotfix is installed, the English version of this fix will have the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table:
   Date        Time     Version     Size        File name        -------------------------------------------------------   31-Jan-2003 20:15:58 9,177,672  10.0.4929.0  Excel.exe
This fix is a post-Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP-2) fix. To install the fix, you must have Office XP SP-2 installed. For additional information about Office XP SP-2, click the following article number to see the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
325671 OFFXP: Overview of the Office XP Service Pack 2
Additionally, you may have to install Windows Installer 2.0 to install this fix. For additional information about the Windows Installer requirement for post-Office XP SP-2 fixes, click the following article number to see the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
330537 OFFXP: Office XP Updates and Patches Released After September 2002 May Require Windows Installer 2.0

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Office XP Service Pack 3.
More information
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Article ID: 812668 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 00:27:00 - Revision: 1.0

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