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After you embed an Excel 2003 worksheet in a Word 2003 document, the object is not recognized as a worksheet object

Support for Office 2003 has ended

Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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Consider the following scenario.
  • You embed a Microsoft Office Excel 2003 worksheet in a Word 2003 document.
  • You edit the object, and then you click outside the object.
  • You wait for several minutes, and then you right-click the object.
In this scenario, the object is not displayed on the shortcut menu as an Excel worksheet. Instead, it is displayed as an unspecified object. Additionally, if you try to edit the object again, Word 2003 may crash. This problem occurs after you install an add-in that uses the WorkbookOpen event in Excel 2003.
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To resolve this problem, apply hotfix package 960153, and then enable the hotfix package. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Apply hotfix package 960153.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    960153 Description of the Word 2003 hotfix package (Winword.msp): December 16, 2008
  2. Enable the hotfix package. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In Windows Vista, Click Startthe Start button, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

      User Account Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

      In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type regedit , and then click OK.
    2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
    4. Type DeactivateOleUnloadObjIdle, and then press ENTER.
    5. Right-click DeactivateOleUnloadObjIdle, and then click Modify.
    6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
    7. Exit Registry Editor.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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