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    Ambiguous Name Detected (Office XP/2002)

    One of the ladies in my office just had her machine upgraded from NT4/Office 97 to WinXP/OfficeXP.

    Although I say upgraded, it is actually a new machine, but the people who did it apparently placed the HD from the old machine as a 2nd HD in the new machine, and it is not clear whether they tried to do an upgrade or a clean install of Office - unfortunately they are not available to ask.

    She is now attempting to do a merge from a calendaring/contact program called Time Matters (similar to Outlook) which places data from Time Matters into a Word document. With the new machine she is consistently erroring out with a Visual Basic error reading "Ambiguous name detected: TmpDDE".

    Any thoughts on how to resolve this?

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    Re: Ambiguous Name Detected (Office XP/2002)

    Well, I don't know how the 2nd drive was added or on which drives te OSs are installed.

    Two versions of Office cannot FULLY co-exist in the same boot system.

    Verify which drive she runs from, i.e., where Win XP lives.
    Is the system set so she can boot to either NT or Win XP?
    Hopefully, Office XP and Office 97 are not both installed in the same boot system.

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    Re: Ambiguous Name Detected (Office XP/2002)

    That message normally means that two containers in the current VB/VBA workspace contain code routines with the same names. While you can run both versions of Office on the same machine ... yes, Howard, I know they're not FULLY compatible <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ... you may be trying to do something that ran one way in Office 97 and a different way in XP due to changes in which things are now built-in instead of being add-ins. When you try to mix the two approaches you can wind up stepping on both.

    Is TimeMatter OXP compatible? Is she trying to do the merge into Word 97 or Word 2002? You generally won't be able to mix and match without problems, so your best advised not to try. If TimeMatter is a 97-compatible app, merging to Word 97 can be a problem since Word 2002 was the last version installed. The merge would normally pick up Word 2002 because it is the default version on the machine, and from the sounds of it, the two apps are not compatible, possibly because Office 97 was based on VB 5 and Office 2k and XP are based on VB 6.
    Charlotte

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