Solved background color in Excel 2003

March 21, 2012 at 03:33:53
Specs: Windows XP
I have a weird problem with Excel 2003. I just finished an Excel file and saved it and suddenly the background color changed to red. I am not using any makros and the background was white from the beginning. All my other Excel files are impacted as well. I saved it on a shared drive.
I can change the color back to white, but after approx 2 hours it changes back to weird color. This problem just occurs in Excel and no other office application. Anybody heard about this problem?
Every answer is much appreciated.

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March 21, 2012 at 07:30:06
You don't have any rouge Conditional Formatting formula's, not doing what their supposed to do?

You could also try a Detect & Repair:

On the Task Bar
Select Help
Select Detect & Repair


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March 22, 2012 at 02:31:45
Hey Mike,
thanks for the answer. If I may ask: What do you mean by "Conditional Formatting formula's". The table is just data without any formulas in it.
I tried the Detect&Repair function but didn't bring any result : (


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March 22, 2012 at 04:00:24
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Conditional formatting allows you to select one or more cells, and create rules for when and how those cells are formatted and you can control the cells color using the formulas.

The table is just data without any formulas in it.

From where I'm sitting, I was unaware of that fact, as I can't really see what your
spreadsheet looks like. :-)

But that does not preclude the fact that someone else may have added
the formulas at some time.

To check,
On the Task Bar
Select Formatting
Select Conditional Formatting

and see if there is anything there.

Do you have any new add-ins or macros on any sheet?
If they were misapplied they could have an impact on your present worksheet.

Try starting in Safe Mode:

Safe mode forces Excel to bypass all files in the
Application Data\Microsoft\Xlstart folder,
It also forces Excel to bypass the toolbar file Excel.xlb or <username>.xlb.
So none of your add-ins or macros will be loaded.
You should see "Safe Mode" in the Excel title bar.

Click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type

Excel.exe /s

Click OK

You might need to use the complete path name to excel, something like:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe" /s


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March 22, 2012 at 06:41:16
Wow, thanks for this answer. I will try it and I will let you know if it solved the problem.


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March 27, 2012 at 06:55:39
So far so good.
Thanks a lot for your help again.

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