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You receive an error message when you use right bracket in text file name in Excel 2003 and earlier versions

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In the versions of Microsoft Excel that are listed in the "Applies To" section, you may receive the following error message when you try to rename a sheet tab:
While renaming a sheet, you entered an invalid sheet name. The following are possible reasons for this:
The error message then goes on to explain potential reasons why the error is occurring.

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This error message occurs if you open a text file whose name contains a right bracket character (]) and then try to rename the file's sheet tab.

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To avoid this problem, make sure your text file name does not contain a right bracket character (]) before you open the file in Microsoft Excel. Preferably, the file name should also not contain a left bracket character ([).

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More information

In Excel, the left and right bracket characters ([ and ]) have special meaning. In worksheet formulas, they are used to separate the workbook name from the names of sheets contained within the workbook. For example:
If you open a file whose name contains either a left or a right bracket, Excel may mishandle the file's name.

Note A file whose name contains a left bracket character but not a right bracket character should not be affected by this problem.

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For more information about renaming sheet tabs, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text
renaming sheets
and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Rename a sheet" topic.

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Keywords: KB154876, kbexpertisebeginner

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Article Info
Article ID : 154876
Revision : 3
Created on : 1/6/2007
Published on : 1/6/2007
Exists online : False
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