XL98: "Project Is Unviewable" Message Trying to View Project

ID: Q180606

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If you try to view a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications project in the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor, you may receive the following error message:

   Project Locked
   Project is unviewable

even though you did not lock the project for viewing in the properties for the project. You may also receive this message if you click VBAProject Properties on the Tools menu in the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor.


This behavior occurs if you try to view a project that is in a shared workbook.


You cannot view a project in a shared workbook. If you want to view a project in a shared workbook, disable sharing. To disable sharing, follow these steps:

1. Open the shared workbook.

2. On the Tools menu, click Share Workbook.

3. Click to clear the "Allow changes by more than one user at the same

   time" check box, and then click OK.


This is by design of Microsoft Excel 98 Macintosh Edition.


Some features in Excel 98 are not available when you use a shared workbook. In a shared workbook, you cannot write, change view, record, or assign macros. However, you can record a macro that is stored in another workbook that is not shared. You can run macros that were created before the workbook was shared; however, if you run a macro that includes an operation that is unavailable, the macro stops at that point.


For more information about limitations using shared workbooks, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel 98 Help, type the following text

   shared workbooks, overview

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Limitations of shared workbooks" topic.

Additional query words: XL98

Version           : MACINTOSH:98
Platform          : MACINTOSH
Issue type        : kbprb

Last Reviewed: February 10, 1998