XL98: Problems If Virtual Memory Off or Available Memory Low

ID: q178596

The information in this article applies to:


When you use Microsoft Excel 98 Macintosh Edition, you may notice one or more of the following problems:

The smaller the amount of memory installed on your computer, the more likely it is that these problems may occur.


These problems may occur when one or more of the following conditions are true:


If you receive any of these error messages, you may need to perform one or more of the following sets of steps.

Turn on Virtual Memory

  1. On the Apple menu, click Control Panels. Then, double-click the Memory control panel.

  2. Select the On option button in the Virtual Memory section.

  3. On the File menu, click Close Window. Then, click Restart on the Special menu.

When the computer restarts, virtual memory is turned on.

NOTE: If necessary, you can set the amount of virtual memory in the Memory control panel.

Change the Minimum Size and Preferred Size of Memory

  1. In the Finder, select Microsoft Excel in the Microsoft Office 98 folder.

  2. On the File menu, click Get Info.

  3. In the Minimum Size and Preferred Size edit boxes, enter the amount of memory you want Microsoft Excel to use.

    NOTE: Do not set the Minimum Size setting too low. If you do, you will receive an error message similar to the following:
    You have set the Minimum size below <x>K, which may cause "Microsoft Excel" to crash. Are you sure you want to continue?

  4. When you are finished, click Close Window on the File menu.

Increase Available Memory

The following are two methods that you can use to increase the amount of available memory in your computer:


This behavior is by design of Microsoft Excel 98 Macintosh Edition.


It is strongly recommended that you turn virtual memory on if you are running Microsoft Excel 98 Macintosh Edition on your computer. If you turn virtual memory off, you will likely need to increase the amount of memory available to Microsoft Excel by performing the steps shown in the "Resolution" section.

For more information about virtual memory, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q120506 How Virtual Memory Works on a Power Macintosh

Q127084 Power Mac Applications Require Less RAM with Virtual Memory

Additional query words: XL98 locks up freezes vm

Keywords          : kberrmsg xlvbainfo 
Version           : MACINTOSH:98
Platform          : MACINTOSH 
Issue type        : kbprb 

Last Reviewed: August 3, 1999