Excel 32 or 64 Bit

JonRowland

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Hi,

Looking for some advice as just reinstalled MS 365 and noted that I now have 64 Bit version installed. I was always under the impression that 32 bit was preferred over 64 and wondered whether this is the case?

Plus do I need to update my VBA code?

Guidance and advice as always very welcomed.
 

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RoryA

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It depends. If you don't use Office with particularly large files, you are probably better off with 32bit.
 

JonRowland

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As I thought. Think I was caught out with MS automatically defaulting to 64bit.
 

Aitch

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It depends. If you don't use Office with particularly large files, you are probably better off with 32bit.
Why is this the case - in what way is the 32 bit version better for smaller files?
 

RoryA

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It’s not that it’s better with smaller files, it’s that it has better compatibility with other add-ins/apps generally so the recommendation is to only use 64bit if you need to work with very large files.
 

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