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What is error code 0x800A01A8 coming out of Excel ActiveX call?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I am using LabVIEW to talk to Excel via its ActiveX interface.

For some reason after some time successfully writing to a spreadsheet I got this error when attempting to call the a function which does something with the range.

Sorry this question is so vague, but its because I am actually using another toolkit to take care of the Excel writing.

Anybody know if there is a lookup table for Excel ActiveX calls anywhere?


How to&Answers:

This error code means “Object Required.”

It sounds like your toolkit might have a memory leak, or it is disposing of an object prematurely.


It’s possible that the range object isn’t being handled properly in the toolkit. If this is NI’s reporting toolkit, you can possibly open the sub-vi’s and place probes to troubleshoot the error. (This may have changed, though. I haven’t looked at it since it was re-written.)

The Excel functions exposed in LV are variously called “automation” or its “object model”. You can find information on where to locate the help for it at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q222101/. A number of the links from that page have pretty good text code samples that can be translated into LV code if you care to do so.

Of course, NI’s site has a number of Excel examples at http://www.ni.com/analysis/excel.htm