Error message when you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro in Excel: "Method 'SaveAs' of object '_Worksheet' failed"

Symptoms

When you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro in Microsoft Excel, you may receive the following or similar error message:

Run-time error '1004':
Method 'SaveAs' of object '_Worksheet' failed

Cause

This behavior can occur when both the following conditions are true:

  • You are using a Visual Basic for Applications macro to save a worksheet.

    -and-

  • You specify the file format as the constant xlWorkbookNormal.

For example, the following code causes this error to occur:

Sub A()
Dim myNewSheet As Worksheet
Set myNewSheet = ActiveSheet
FileNameBin = "c:\ABC"
myNewSheet.SaveAs Filename:=FileNameBin, FileFormat:=xlWorkbookNormal
End Sub

Workaround

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To work around this behavior, change the file format specification from the constant xlWorkbookNormal to 1. The example code functions normally if changed to:

Sub A()
Dim myNewSheet As Worksheet
Set myNewSheet = ActiveSheet
FileNameBin = "c:\ABC"
myNewSheet.SaveAs Filename:=FileNameBin, FileFormat:=1
End Sub

NOTE Even though you are saving a worksheet, all worksheets in the selected workbook are saved when the file format is set to xlWorkbookNormal or 1.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

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