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This article describes the Microsoft Office Excel 2003 issue that is fixed in the Excel 2003 hotfix package that is dated July 11, 2008.
This article describes the following items about the hotfix:
The issues that the hotfix fixes.
The prerequisites for installing the hotfix.
Whether you must restart the computer after you install the hotfix.
Whether the hotfix is replaced by any other hotfix.
Whether you must make any registry changes.
The files that the hotfix contains.
List of issues fixed
This hotfix fixes the following issue that was not previously documented in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
Consider the following scenario. You open Excel 2003 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003. In a PowerPoint 2003 presentation, you embed an Excel OLE object that has hidden rows and that has a thick bottom border in the last visible row. Then, you open the embedded object by using the Visual Basic for Application (VBA) code in PowerPoint. In this scenario, Excel 2003 stops responding.
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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
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, contact 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.
There are no prerequisites for installing this hotfix.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix package.
To use one of the hotfixes in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
This hotfix may not contain all the files that you must have to fully update a product to the latest build. This hotfix contains only the files that you must have to correct the issues that are listed in this article.
The Global version of this hotfix uses a Microsoft Windows Installer package to install the hotfix. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in the following table. When you view the file information, the date 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. Download information
Microsoft Windows Installer .msp file information
Excel.msp file information
For more information about software update terminology, 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