Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an OLE action

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Hi there,


Whenever I copy paste special in excel, my excel file freezes and after a waiting for a few seconds to few minutes, depending on the amount of data being copy pasted, I get this error 'Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an OLE action'


I tried a few things like this but none help and the problem persists.


1st troubleshooting

1. Open the Excel sheet and go the File menu. In the File menu, click on Options.

2. An Excel Options dialog box will appear. Go to the Advanced tab and scroll down to the General area. Over there check Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE).

3. Restart Excel.


2nd troubleshooting

Tried opening Excel in safe mode


3rd troubleshooting

Removed all the Add ins


4th troubleshooting

Reinstalled MS Office.


Can someone help.

4 Replies
that works, thanks so much for sharing


I have the same persistent problem, it's very annoying when I try and open excel spreadsheets and have to consistently wait for the OLE action and I've tried all the options you've listed as well.



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