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Did you try changing the windows registry setting that Jim described in his
post?

Lance wrote:

Thanks for the information, but I do question it a little in that if I open
the same spreadsheet in Excel 2003, all of the cells with =sumif() formulas
in them contain valid data results as I would expect (even though I don't
have access to the source spreadsheet in the formulas link). In 2007
however, I can only get those results if automatic calculation is turned off.

"Dave Peterson" wrote:

The =sumif() formula doesn't work in any version of excel if the sending
workbook is closed.

But the way the cells with links are displayed if the links aren't updated did
change (I think with xl2k).

Jim Rech posted a registry tweak:
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...GP11.phx .gbl

You'll have to change the version number in Jim's post.

Lance wrote:

I guess my big question here is why did this appear to work in Excel 2003,
but not now in Excel 2007? It used to be that users would elect not to
update the links and then in the spreadsheet they received via e-mail, it
would have the data still contained within the spreadsheet--though it was
stale, at least it was there.

Now in Outlook 2007, it appears as if the data is no longer available unless
it can update the links OR unless I save the file locally, open excel by
itself, turn calculation of formulas to manual, then open the spreadsheet
from within Excel 2007. Any thoughts on this and how to get it to function
as it did in Excel 2003?

Much appreciated!
Lance


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Dave,

I actually did try the registry hack described by Jim and it did appear to
work, but deploying that to the masses would be difficult. That being said,
I opened up a case with Microsoft on this and the lady I spoke with said that
the registry change can work, but they have also seen it cause issues with
mis-calculating some formulas.

She said that the reason it's doing what it is can be explained in that the
spreadsheet with the links in it was created and saved in Excel 2003 and then
when an Excel 2007 client opens it, it sees that it was created in a
different version and immediately wants to update all of the links and
calculations (even if you tell it not to).

So unfortunately, this is by design, but breaking the link before sending is
one option to get around the issue (along with the registry change and/or a
copy and paste special). Also, I believe if the person who saves is is using
Excel 2007, the issue will be gone for other Excel 2007 clients.

Supporting document:
925893 External links may be updated in Excel 2007 when you open a workbook
that was last saved in an earlier version of Excel
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;925893

Lance

"Dave Peterson" wrote:

Did you try changing the windows registry setting that Jim described in his
post?

Lance wrote:

Thanks for the information, but I do question it a little in that if I open
the same spreadsheet in Excel 2003, all of the cells with =sumif() formulas
in them contain valid data results as I would expect (even though I don't
have access to the source spreadsheet in the formulas link). In 2007
however, I can only get those results if automatic calculation is turned off.

"Dave Peterson" wrote:

The =sumif() formula doesn't work in any version of excel if the sending
workbook is closed.

But the way the cells with links are displayed if the links aren't updated did
change (I think with xl2k).

Jim Rech posted a registry tweak:
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...GP11.phx .gbl

You'll have to change the version number in Jim's post.

Lance wrote:

I guess my big question here is why did this appear to work in Excel 2003,
but not now in Excel 2007? It used to be that users would elect not to
update the links and then in the spreadsheet they received via e-mail, it
would have the data still contained within the spreadsheet--though it was
stale, at least it was there.

Now in Outlook 2007, it appears as if the data is no longer available unless
it can update the links OR unless I save the file locally, open excel by
itself, turn calculation of formulas to manual, then open the spreadsheet
from within Excel 2007. Any thoughts on this and how to get it to function
as it did in Excel 2003?

Much appreciated!
Lance

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Dave Peterson


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Old February 29th 08, 11:16 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.links
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Default AW: A link between two workbooks doesn't keep the value, shows #va

There's a free solution for getting updated data from CLOSED
XLS-FILES!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can (like I did for my company) download freeware (virus-free!!!),
which adds about 85 new functions to your excel. I had my problem
fixed...

URL:

http://xcell05.free.fr/english/

Read it, & enjoy!

Greetz,

Patrick


Lance:
Dave,

I actually did try the registry hack described by Jim and it did

appear to
work, but deploying that to the masses would be difficult. That being

said,
I opened up a case with Microsoft on this and the lady I spoke with

said that
the registry change can work, but they have also seen it cause issues

with
mis-calculating some formulas.

She said that the reason it's doing what it is can be explained in

that the
spreadsheet with the links in it was created and saved in Excel 2003

and then
when an Excel 2007 client opens it, it sees that it was created in a
different version and immediately wants to update all of the links and


calculations (even if you tell it not to).

So unfortunately, this is by design, but breaking the link before

sending is
one option to get around the issue (along with the registry change

and/or a
copy and paste special). Also, I believe if the person who saves is

is using
Excel 2007, the issue will be gone for other Excel 2007 clients.

Supporting document:
925893 External links may be updated in Excel 2007 when you open a

workbook
that was last saved in an earlier version of Excel
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;925893

Lance

"Dave Peterson" wrote:

Did you try changing the windows registry setting that Jim described

in his
post?

Lance wrote:

Thanks for the information, but I do question it a little in that

if I open
the same spreadsheet in Excel 2003, all of the cells with =sumif()

formulas
in them contain valid data results as I would expect (even though I

don't
have access to the source spreadsheet in the formulas link). In

2007
however, I can only get those results if automatic calculation is

turned off.

"Dave Peterson" wrote:

The =sumif() formula doesn't work in any version of excel if the

sending
workbook is closed.

But the way the cells with links are displayed if the links

aren't updated did
change (I think with xl2k).

Jim Rech posted a registry tweak:

http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...GP11.phx .gbl

You'll have to change the version number in Jim's post.

Lance wrote:

I guess my big question here is why did this appear to work in

Excel 2003,
but not now in Excel 2007? It used to be that users would

elect not to
update the links and then in the spreadsheet they received via

e-mail, it
would have the data still contained within the

spreadsheet--though it was
stale, at least it was there.

Now in Outlook 2007, it appears as if the data is no longer

available unless
it can update the links OR unless I save the file locally,

open excel by
itself, turn calculation of formulas to manual, then open the

spreadsheet
from within Excel 2007. Any thoughts on this and how to get

it to function
as it did in Excel 2003?

Much appreciated!
Lance

--

Dave Peterson


--

Dave Peterson



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