Screen Updating Not Working


Board Regular
Aug 27, 2009

I've recently had a problem where whenever i opened a certain workbook it went into AutoRecover Saving and stayed like that until it crashed.

As a workaround i added

Application.AutoRecover.Enabled = False to Workbook_Open


Application.AutoRecover.Enabled = True to Workbook_BeforeClose

This seems to have solved this problem, however now for every other routine (in all workbooks) that i run the Application.ScreenUpdating = False no longer works.

Any ideas?


MrExcel MVP, Moderator
Mar 2, 2007
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I can see no connection between the autorecover setting and the screening updating setting.

It's probably something else going wrong. Possibly some other code somewhere is at cross purposes - you should step through your code in any case where its not working as expected, and execute your code line by line to inspect each line as it is executed. See here under step through the code for debugging instruction if you are not familiar with this technique.

As far as autorecover goes, I just turn it off - I save my work frequently as this is both a good habit and a good habit.

The workbook which is crashing on open may need to be repaired. Try opening it using "Repair" from the Open dialog options (you have to use File | Open from the Excel file menu, then right click on the side of the open button to see the open options). Copy the file first in Windows Explorer so you have a backup. You can also try finding what's wrong and fixing it if its some problem in the code. Or try rebuilding the workbook.
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Board Regular
Aug 27, 2009
Hey, thanks for your reply, i'll check out those articles, i'm still learning so it all helps.

In the end it turned out that the problem was an add on called Sparklines for Excel that i'd installed at a similar time to writing the autorecover code, somewhere within a module in it it turned the screen updating back on so i just disabled the add on.



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