"Fixed Objects will move" error

Copper Contributor

Occasionally I get this error and I can't get out of it.

Sometimes I get the error and after a few clicks on 'OK' it will disappear.

Other times it persists and I have to shut down my laptop and reboot.

I have 3 workbooks open and even though the error appears on only one the other two won't work either.

Maybe other users are having this issue.

I am on the app view, not the web view.

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The "Fixed Objects will move" error typically occurs in Excel when there are objects (such as charts, images, or shapes) on the worksheet that are positioned with the option "Don't move or size with cells" selected. This error message is a notification that the objects may be repositioned due to changes in the worksheet.

Here are a few suggestions to help resolve the issue:

  1. Adjust the objects' positioning:
    • Right-click on the object and choose "Size and Properties" or "Format Picture/Shape" (depending on the type of object).
    • In the properties or formatting options, make sure the object is set to "Move and size with cells" instead of "Don't move or size with cells".
    • Repeat this process for any other objects on the worksheet.
  2. Check for hidden objects:
    • Objects that are hidden or partially outside of the visible area of the worksheet can still trigger the error message.
    • Use the "Select Objects" option in the "Home" tab of the Excel ribbon to select and delete any hidden or partially visible objects.
  3. Review compatibility mode:
    • If you are working with an older Excel file format (e.g., .xls), save the file in the newer format (e.g., .xlsx) to ensure full compatibility with the current version of Excel.
  4. Clear the Excel cache:
    • Close Excel and any other Office applications.
    • Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box.
    • Type %temp% and press Enter. This will open the temporary files folder.
    • Select all files in the folder and delete them.
    • Restart Excel and try opening your workbooks again.

If the issue persists, it's recommended to check for any updates or patches available for your version of Microsoft Office. Additionally, consider reaching out to Microsoft Support for further assistance, as they can provide specific guidance and help troubleshoot the issue in more detail.

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Hope this will help you.

@NikolinoDE  Thanks for your response.  The problem is that sometimes when I get this error there is no way to get out of it.   Excel is not responding when I hit the ok button on the error message.  The error locks the excel workbook and I have to reboot.  I think it is a bug in the code that Microsoft need to fix.


Next time I get the error, and assuming after I press ok I don't have to reboot, I will try your suggestions.