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Old 04-10-2006, 10:48 AM   #1
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IT experts: anyone familiar with slow DDE problems?

Lately Excel and MS word have started opening files slowly on my PC. Even the smallest Excel file with only one cell of data takes 10-15 seconds to open.* It only started doing this in the last few weeks. I think that it is a problem with DDE, because if I open excel with a blank sheet, or use the File...Open command to open a file, they open instantly. But if I open a file by double-clicking on it in Windows Explorer, that's when I have the lag problem. Does anyone know how to interpret this output from a DDESpy type program and troubleshoot what is slowing it down? I don't know if it is normal to have so many DDE calls just to open a file...is there any way to fix this? It's happening on my work computer so can't just format and reinstall (I've asked the helpdesk but this problem is beyond their capabilities).

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Re: IT experts: anyone familiar with slow DDE problems?
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Re: IT experts: anyone familiar with slow DDE problems?

Sounds like you have a corrupt VBA or macro thing going on. Are you the creator of this particular file?
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It's not one particular file...this 10-15 second lag occurs with all files that I open. Same lag happens when opening Word files as well which makes me think it's a DDE problem with the Office suite or Windows 2000 (Pro) in general.

I have a few small macros saved in my personal excel workbook, but they haven't changed in a long time...don't know why they would start causing a problem now.
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Can you run the files from another desktop or are they local to your hard drive?
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Have you already done the usual, reinstalled last service pack for your flavor of windows and uninstalled/reinstalled office?
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Have you already done the usual, reinstalled last service pack for your flavor of windows and uninstalled/reinstalled office?
Or how about reimaging the machine? I hate MS products even though they rule our lives.
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Checked for viri?
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Norton says the machine is virus free.

Files are all local on my hard drive (not on the network).

We tried uninstalling/reinstalled MS Office but that didn't help.

Haven't tried uninstalling/reinstalling the windows SP...not even sure if I can (don't have the admin password and can't get to Windows Update because IT controls all the patches, which are installed automatically).

Reimaging the laptop may be my last resort but it is a hassle to get IT to do it, means you have to be without a computer for at least 1/2 a day, which means no work can get done. I'm looking for a solution that is not so drastic.
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I still think it's a VBA or macro thing. Just because Word drags and you get the same error message doesn't necessarily mean it's an overall office issue. Both programs can very well be sharing the same components. DDE references Dynamic Data Exchange which is the engine/basis for object linking and embedding. Have you made changes to a dependent document recently?? I would start looking at my most recent changes and debug from there.
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BTW - are you Excel files reading from a database such as Access? Or are you storing data within an the Excel file (shudder)?
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Also, if your files are reading from a database, has your data source changed recently (from Access to SQL server)? Just thowing all of these questions out there....
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Latest service packs for Office applied?
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Re: IT experts: anyone familiar with slow DDE problems?

Create a new "user" in system administration. Log out and log in as that user. See if the problem persists.

If it does, log back in to the original user, look for and delete any .TMP or .EMF files. Delete any files/directories under c:\temp or c:\windows\temp.

Right click on the disk, pick Tools, then cleanup and let it remove any excess files.

See if that fixes it.
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when you uninstalled the software, did you go back and manually delete the directories? Also you might try running something like Crap Cleaner (free download I think it is ccleaner.exe) it will let you clean up the registry also. I have had other programs that I thought I had deleted only to find out they leave registry settings and files behind.
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Not sure if Office was fully deleted, as IT did it, but it was removed and reinstalled. I don't have the CD so I can't reinstall myself. I've also tried the "repair my installation" option for Office in Add/Remove Programs but that had no effect.

Created a new local user and logged in, problem is same as under the normal account.

Deleted all TMP files and temporary files in TEMP directories. Only found one .EMF file, called "MS.EMF" and didn't want to delete it without knowing what it is. I don't have Disk Cleanup under tools because this is Windows 2k, not XP.

There is no connection from Excel to any database. All these files are stand-alone excel workbooks on my local hard drive. These files aren't linked to any other files either, so don't think its a dependency issue.

SP3 for Office 2000 is applied.

I removed all my macros from personal.xls in the excel startup folder but problem is still there.

Research on google suggested that running "excel /regserver" would help but that had no effect.

The problem has to be related to DDE...if I go into Explorer, Tools, Folder Options, File Types, and edit the "Open" file actions for .XLS, and I turn off "Use DDE" then excel opens any file in under 1 second. The problem with this is that it creates a new excel window each time I open a file...I need to have multiple workbooks open in the same window. I tried adding the "/automation" or "/s" switchs (Excel's safe mode) to the excel command line in the DDE window but that also had no effect.

I live in Excel so this is really annoying!
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Re: IT experts: anyone familiar with slow DDE problems?

Try renaming that MS.EMF file to something else. Its a metafile that may contain information that excel wants to load along with any existing worksheet. These can grow in size and/or number and cause long load times. The EMF file may reference data on network drives or external drives that are offline. Hence the long wait.

If it doesnt help or hurts, rename it back.
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Re: IT experts: anyone familiar with slow DDE problems?

Have you debugged your macros or VBA code? If the debugging fails, rename the file to something else and start parsing out code (in the renamed file) line by line until the file behaves. My gut tells me it's your configuration or your macros. Are you linked (the operative word you used is: workbooks, which tells me your workbooks are linked) to other spreadsheets? It's really hard to troubleshoot with seeing the file.
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Appreciate your help...I deleted the macros entirely, so they shouldn't be a factor. As far as linking goes...here is what I'm doing:

- open a blank excel file, put "abc" in the first cell, save the file to the desktop (there's no linking to other spreadsheets)

Now when I double click on that file on the desktop, it takes 10-15 seconds to open. However, if I already have excel running, and I go to File...Open... and select that file, it opens in less than 1 second. If I open excel with a blank worksheet, it takes less than 1 second. The lag is only a problem when opening an existing file from the desktop or from Explorer.

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Have you debugged your macros or VBA code?* *If the debugging fails, rename the file to something else and start parsing out code (in the renamed file) line by line until the file behaves.* My gut tells me it's your configuration or your macros.* Are you linked (the operative word you used is: workbooks, which tells me your workbooks are linked) to other spreadsheets?* It's really hard to troubleshoot with seeing the file.*
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Appreciate your help...I deleted the macros entirely, so they shouldn't be a factor. As far as linking goes...here is what I'm doing:

- open a blank excel file, put "abc" in the first cell, save the file to the desktop (there's no linking to other spreadsheets)

Now when I double click on that file on the desktop, it takes 10-15 seconds to open. However, if I already have excel running, and I go to File...Open... and select that file, it opens in less than 1 second. If I open excel with a blank worksheet, it takes less than 1 second. The lag is only a problem when opening an existing file from the desktop or from Explorer.
got the picture now! So, when you attempt to open brand new file you just saved it takes forever to open. However opening from an already running excel window brings up the file lickety split. Have you done a ctl/alt/del to see what in heck else is running in the background on your desktop. Excel needs lot's of memory to load. Have you loaded any executables to your desktop recently
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