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Excel problem on startup

By pmfturner ·
I am experiencing an intermittent problem on starting up Excel. When Excel opens up, and the matrix is clicked on, for some reason, where you click seems to ?anchor?, such that as the cursor is moved around on the screen, a rectangular area is highlighted. I cannot seem to get out of this ! I have to end the programme and start again. This may happen several times before Excel will function properly.

This is NOT just a simple case of toggling F8 on and off; the extended area symbol EXT does not appear on the status bar, and depressing F8 does not rectify the problem.

I am running Excel 2000 on Windows 98. There are no backgrounds programmes running that would interfere with Excel. I have ?repaired? the software using the onscreen facility. I have deleted the whole Microsoft Office suite of programmes and then re-installed, but the problem returns. I have even installed Excel 97, which I know works on a different PC, and get the same problem. A real mystery to me ! Can you help ?

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by Juergen Hartl In reply to Excel problem on startup

sounds stupid but have you checked for a stuck shift key?

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by tfccskami In reply to Excel problem on startup

This used to happen to me (now I have Win and Office XP).
I discovered that clicking down on the mouse wheel button would get out of it.
I can't explain why it works, but give it a try.

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