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DDE execute command to Excel 2016 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I maintain an old and very complex software that create a excel worksheet using DDE to transfer data, picture and formatting cell (with X4LM standard).

    With the latest version of Excel/Office (2016) the compatibility with X4LM command is broken in favor of VBA commands. I translate few macro to VBA without any problem, but when I attempt to exceute VBA command - e.g. [Application.WindowState = xlMaximized] instead of old [APP.MAXIMIZE()] - by DDE execute I receive always error 285 "Foreign application won't perform DDE Method or Operation".

    How can i execute a VBA command (in Excel 2016) via DDE? What is the (if any) correct syntax?

    Thanks

    Regards

    Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:44 PM

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  • Hi,

    This is the forum to discuss questions and feedback for Microsoft Excel features, I'll move your question to the MSDN forum for Excel

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    Monday, June 26, 2017 5:50 AM
  • The program should be converted to use current technology. And I hear you saying, but I don't know how to do DDE and the program is not documented so I can't convert it. Well organizations should know that software must be documented. The longer they delay doing documentation and conversion the more it will cost.


    Sam Hobbs
    SimpleSamples.Info

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:08 AM
  • Hi Radosvet,

    I test the code [Application.WindowState = xlMaximized] in VBA and it works well, where are you running the code? According to the error message, could you tell me what is the Application? Besides, as far as I know, there is no such syntax which could convert DDE command to VBA command.

    Best Regards,

    Terry

    Friday, June 30, 2017 1:42 AM