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Run Time Error 438

Hi guys,

I have a very puzzling run-time error that has just cropped up.

I have 4 users that are running Excel 2003 and are receiving a run-time error '438' when opening one of my spreadsheets.

I have 3 listviews on a Summary sheet that are populated as the workbook opens.

The error occurs on the very first line of my workbook_Open event.

The line causing the problem is as follows:


The odd thing is that the team have been using this spreadsheet for the past 2-3 years each month (last run 5th June 2010) with no issues. I have tried to replicate the error on my laptop with Excel 2007 and another laptop I have with Excel 2003, neither of them have this issue. A fifth user on the team running Excel 2002 has no problem.

As a test I deleted the listview and then created a new one but that unfortunately did not work.

Does anyone know if there have been any recent windows updates that could have caused this problem or alternatively any other reason that could be causing the error.

I'm hoping someone with a bigger brain than mine can help


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I've had a long search through your pages to see if this question has been answered before but having browsed through about 50 pages worth of threads I couldn't see anything, but if I am repeating prior information I do apologise.

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The only thing I could suspect was I think this started around about the time I installed xlDennis' code library. I have uninstalled the addin and so far so good, but I cannot categorically say that this was the cause.

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Edit: I have read this: / /> Doesn't seem to cover the issue I describe

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