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    No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    Spreadsheet .....Lately i have been bringing Excel files home, working on them and then putting them on my flash drive and bringing them back to work. Nothing i haven't done for YEARS (wellllll, maybe not the flash drive part, been doing that ONLY about a year & a half) But ANYWAY, as of last week, all of a sudden, every single time i open this one file in particular, i get this question across my screen "Microsoft Excel has found another file similar to this one, do you want to link the two files"? No i don't and i wish it would stop asking me, i say NO, and look for a "stop asking me this question" box (AS IF it would work if there WAS one ).... Anyone know how i might get that dang prompt to stop?!

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    I've never encountered this feature in the tweny-odd years that I've been using Excel, and never heard of it either. Did you install a new add-in recently?

    Try Jan Karel Pieterse's <!post=Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in XL,290455>Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in XL<!/post>.

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    i'm not sure what an "add in" is. But the ONLY thing that i would say that i have been doing is i call all 3 spreadsheets the SAME name, the one on my home desktop, the one on the flash drive, and the one on my office computer. But i am certain i have ALWAYS done that. I never ever encountered it either, i even tried changing the name of the spreadsheet, but then i renamed all 3 so i guess if THAT is the problem, it wouldn't necessarily solve it, huh?

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    I don't know what causes your problem, but it doesn't happen on my PC in the situation that you describe, that's why I suspect something added to Excel. An add-in is a utility that provides extra functionality to Excel; see Tools | Add-Ins...

    Have you tried the link that I posted?

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Offi

    Edited by HansV to reduce picture in size - please don't post pictures larger than 640 x 480 pixels.

    <center><font color=blue>
    <hr>"Microsoft Excel has found another file similar to this one, do you want to link the two files"?<hr>
    </font color=blue></center>


    Are you certain that you've quoted the Excel dialog correctly? It does make a difference. Here are some messages that do occur, can be explained, and sound somewhat similar to your message:
    1. <LI>"Errors were detected while saving FILENAME. Excel may be able to save the file by removing or repairing some features."
      <LI>"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."
      <LI>"The file already exists. Do you want to replace the existing file?"
    Which version of Excel are you using? Are you using the same version at home & work?

    Often, Addins will create additional menu items and it's one sure way of determining if you are using any. In the screenshot below, there are multiple addins: Assistants, Adobe PDF, ASAP ..., Andrew's ..., & JMT ...
    Normally (Excel 2003), the menu bar would only have File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, Tools, Data, Window, & Help.
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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    I would suggest that your apparent problem may be the consequence of a synchronization capability on the flash drive. Please send:
    <UL><LI>a screen shot of the message which you receive; and
    <LI>Manufacturer/model information on the flash drive.[/list]
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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    okay i WILL send a copy BUT i just tried for it to happen again and of course, NOW that i WANT that msg so i can show u, it won't pop up! BUT i'll keep ur info and send the very next time it occurs- thank you!

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Offi

    YES that is EXACTLY the message i am getting, but i am certain all 3 of my files are all running same version of Excel. I am constantly adding to a spreadsheet by way of jump drive and never ever received that message before. Do you know HOW i can make it stop?! thank you! (sorry i dint see this post till just now - i soooo do not know my way around an email box YET (i only been computing 12 years!)

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Offi

    So far, I have been unable to find a reference to the error message you're seeing. I know you're getting more questions than answers, but there are a lot of good folks here that help when they have better details. Having said that, there are a number of questions that you should try to answer. Without additional information, the best anyone can do is throw [educated] guesses your way.

    <UL><LI>Hans suggested you try <!post=the Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in XL,727810>the Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in XL<!/post>. Have you done that?
    <LI>We're still not sure which version of Excel you are using at home and work. There are big differences in Office 97 vs. Office 2007.
    <LI>Are you using add-ins? If so, which ones?
    <LI>The screenshot and information about your flash drive would be useful as <!post=Don has suggested,728037>Don has suggested<!/post>.
    <LI>Do your spreadsheets contain links to other sheets?[/list]I have tried to duplicate your error by copying and saving [same-name] files from a flash drive to a directory on a hard drive. I've done this using a combination of files from XL2003 and XL2007. I get the normal "Do you want to replace..." message. So, I have not been able to duplicate your error message.

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    Hi Carol
    Further to my previous post I have another question.

    What is the typical sequence of steps?

    Is it:
    1. <LI>Insert flash drive
      <LI>work on file in the flash drive
      <LI>save to the flash drive
      <LI>save as to the hard drive
      <LI>Remove the flash drive
    Or what?
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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    wow! :::sitting up straighter in my chair::::: ) i am truly sorry my details are sketchy (at best) you see, i never realized the help y'all would be trying to give me would be so detailed and as you said "based much on what i was able to answer"... i promise before i ask any more questions i will have "all my ducks lined up" so that i can answer the specifics and maybe it would take less back and fourth. I will start detailing on paper, cuz i have absolutely no recall of what happens from second to second, without writing it down i just totally blank out (welcome to MY nightmare ) but in answer to the little i do remember, it is Microsoft Excel 2000, it haPPENS THE SECOND I OPEN THE DOCUMENT, REGARDLESS IF I AM OPENING A JUMP DRIVE OR A (oops) computer saved file. Ricky's reply post detailed it best, that is exactly what it asks me. thanks y'all for your time and your help, it is much appreciated!

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    Worry not!

    You have no idea how often I ask myself, "What was it that I just did?".

    Frequently in troubleshooting I find it necessary to write down all of the possibilities and then test and check them off one at a time.

    As the man from the government said, We're here to help; Really!".
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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    Hi Carol,

    Do you use any file synchronization software (eg MS SyncToy) that might be trying to match up files between your USB & HDD?
    Cheers,

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Office 2000)

    oy! synchronize? HDD? i hope i live long enough to learn all these things! is there a Website For Dummies cuz i feel so outta my element here! i wish i could priovide those answers, but i am (and sadly prolly always will be) a"plug it in, if it doesn't work immediately, i gather it up in a jumbled ball and kick it!!!) you'll have to forgive me, but i'm wayyyyyyyyy back there in like 1998 trying to still figure out whats the difference between DSL & Broadband... (and don't tell me they are one & the same, thats just the rumour!)

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    Re: No Thank You But I Do NOT Want To Link My Offi

    <center>
    <hr>all of a sudden, every single time i open this one file in particular, i get this question across my screen "Microsoft Excel has found another file similar to this one, do you want to link the two files"?<hr>
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    Hey Carol,

    You mentioned there was one special file that caused the message to occur:
    <UL><LI>If you right-click that file and choose properties, what does it say for Type of file:? (see picture)
    <LI>Do you know (for sure) what the three-letter file extension is? Examples: filename.xls, filename.xlt, filename.obd, filename.xla, filename.csv, more...
    <LI>Does the error message occur when you move or copy the file or only when you double-click or open the file?[/list]Thanks, <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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