Mass Cancel

ArchAngel

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This is a strange one...

My manager was using a replace all function, on a field of 16C x 3,000R = 48,000 cells. Except he made a typo on the replace function.

So now excel is asking him for a file path everytime it tried to replace something in each cell...

Is there a way to mass cancel the "replace all" ???

(holding down the Esc button gives about 4-5 cells per second (it will take around 3 hrs to cancel it all if done manually...)

Anyone know of a quicker solution?
 

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Richard Schollar

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Probably a little bit late, but if you are unconcerned about losing unsaved work, the easiest thing would be to use Windows Task Manager to kill the Excel application.

Richard
 

JohnnyTightlips

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Bumping this thread as I'm quite interested if anyone here knows of a solution to this issue, plus the "formula is too long" one that I occasionally get. VERY ANNOYING :x

Is there a Macro you can keep in Personal to kill this? (without completely cancelling Excel and ergo losing all unsaved data)
 

Smitty

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Not really (other than some McGyver'ing with a pen and some duct tape on the ESC key :).

I imagine someone with time could code a stop with an error trap, but the problem is that you have to interrupt Excel in Edit mode, which Find & Replace is entering/exiting, when you invoke it.

I've had it happen to me on a few occasions, and frankly shutting down has been the best option. If someone makes that many mass replace edit errors it might be worthwhile, but...

Smitty
 

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