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Error opening workbook containing links to HTML workbook in Excel

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When you open a workbook in Microsoft Excel, you may receive the following error message:
This workbook contains links to other data sources.

* If you update the links, Excel attempts to retrieve the latest data.

* If you don't update, Excel uses the previous information.
If you click Update, you receive the following error message:
This workbook contains one or more links that cannot be updated.

* To change the source of links, or attempt to update values again, click Edit Links.

* To open the workbook as is, click Continue.

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Excel cannot update links from a workbook that is saved in the HTML file format if that workbook is closed.

Excel updates the links correctly if the link source file is already opened.

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To work around this behavior, open the HTML file to which the workbook is linked before you update links in the workbook.

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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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Keywords: KB291084, kbpending, kbbug, kberrmsg

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Article Info
Article ID : 291084
Revision : 3
Created on : 1/31/2007
Published on : 1/31/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 275