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    Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    All the talk about how stable XP is has me wondering what causes a problem that I never ran across while using Win 98 SE with Office 2000 Professional. I
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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    One more time.
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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Have NOT run into this problem. Since no one else replied, I think they have NOT also. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Darn <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    The only thing I can suggest is ensuring you have the latest drivers for your mouse. Straw-clutching I know, but it's got to be worth a go.

    Have you tried 'Detect & Repair' within Excel?

    Sorry it's not much help.

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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Fish,

    My mouse drivers are the latest but I hadn't even heard of "Detect and Repair." I will give it a try. Thanks.
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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    What versions of ZAP & Norton? I've had two instances of free ZoneAlarm 3.1... (oops forgot the last - it is whatever is latest) lock up my XPP machine. Doing nothing out of the ordinary and all of a sudden system will lock up (100% CPU utilitzation). The only way to recover is to re-boot - which is either much playing around or hit the panic (re-set) button. Still running ZA though.

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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Joe,

    ZoneAlarm Pro is version 3.0.133, which is the latest they have offered for the Pro version. I keep my Norton SystemWorks 2002 always up to date.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    If/when it happens again try to get to the task manager. See which of the processes is taking all the CPU time.

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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Hlewton--If it turns out getting a significant CPU spike when this phenom occurs, check out Black Viper's Windows Service Configurations for a helpful guide to tweaking some of these processes you don't need off by ending task. With the exception of "winlogon" which can keep you from booting, and "iexplorer" if you are running IE or whatever browser name you are running, , a number of those processes start up with XP Home or Pro that you don't need running at all (from 31 to 41), no matter how well you have tweaked msconfig--and they can be ended or prioritized from 1-31 at least.

    The next time you get ready to do this Excel task, minimize CPU time where it will be viewable in your system tray or now it has been named by the XP people notification area or just click on the CPU graph and you can resize it in a corner of your desktop and watch what it's doing. If it's going up significantly, then you can search out the culprit and possibly end it. You can also turn it off by putting "services.msc" in the command line if there is a category that corresponds to the service taking up a lot of clock time that you don't need.

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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Joe,

    Thanks, I never thought of that.
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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Defrag,

    Thanks. However, about 3 or 4 months ago I was sent to Black Viper's site and followed most of his suggestions by turning off all the nonessential services that were starting up. I will check the CPU's graph as both you and Joe suggested. Maybe I can trace this thing down.
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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Hlewton--If I understand correctly the only time things go haywire and icons start disappearing from your Sys Tray is when you are trying to highlight multiple rows in Excel. There are so many people in this lounge who know so much about the building blocks of Office components, I wonder if it were an Excel problem, if someone could track down the file or files that come into play when you highlight multiple rows, and you could fix that component or file from Excel because that's the only time you mention it happens. I realize that doesn't make it an Excel problem but could it be? I'm sure if running an sfc command or checkdisk would have helped you would have already tried that-- I can see you're pretty thorough.

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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Well, I've been following this thread hoping that someone would help you stumble on the answer, and it's driving me nut-so to see you unable to solve this riddle! How 'bout one or more of us trying to duplicate your problem? I use Office (Excel) 2000 and I'm not sure what you're running. I have an XP and a Win98 machine with Office 200 loaded. Would you take the time to tell us what version you're running and EXACTLY how you do this highlighting that causes the wild behaviour? For example, what I mean is, do you drag your mouse over selected cells to highlight or are you highlighting using the margin column or row identifiers, which of course highlights the ENTIRE row or column? Would you mind posting an explicit instruction about what to do and I for one will try to duplicate the problem. If someone else can't duplicate this situation, it would have to be something else on YOUR system that's causing the discrepancy.

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    Re: Highlighting (Win XP Pro)

    Defrag,

    I can't really put a handle on what is happening because it is not just with one file and I can never tell when or if it will happen again. Actually, since my post it hasn't happened at all. Maybe that is all it took to get whatever it was to behave. hahaha!!!!

    If it happens again, I will try to see what the CPU's usage is and go from there. I always seem to find these quirks in a lot of the programs I run. I guess I just like things to work as they should.

    Yes, I run Norton's Disk Doctor at least once a week and it runs "Chkdsk" at startup when something needs repaired. Also, I run SFC /SCANNOW about once a month. Usually there isn't any thing wrong with the system files. Actually I can't remember one instance where a system file had to be replaced. Also once a week I run Norton's Speed Disk, which is like XP's "Defragment" program. I try to my keep my systems healthy.

    Thank again and I'll report back if I find anything out.
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