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Universal naming convention path of files in shared XLSTART folder points to local folder

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When you view a link to a remote Microsoft Excel workbook in the formula bar, that link may point to a non-existent file in the XLSTART folder on the local computer.

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This behavior occurs when all of the following conditions are true:
  • You open a workbook that resides on a network share.
  • That workbook contains a link to another workbook in the XLSTART folder or a subfolder of the XLSTART folder on that remote computer.
  • The XLSTART folder on the remote computer is shared as XLSTART.
The path to XLSTART is virtualized. Therefore, external links to XLSTART, or any folders in XLSTART, refer to the current user's XLSTART folder.

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To work around this issue, do not use the XLSTART folder to share files across a network.

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More information

This behavior affects only those files or folders stored in the XLSTART folder for a specific user profile. For example
Drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART
where user name is your user name on the computer.

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Keywords: KB284869, kbprb, kbnofix

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Article Info
Article ID : 284869
Revision : 4
Created on : 1/29/2007
Published on : 1/29/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 301