VBA Context Help Blocked - "The Request is Blocked"

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April 20, 2022

Hi All,

 

From inside my Visual Basic Editor (Excel (in my case)), if I invoke contextual help from anywhere, such an action opens a new web browser tab that includes the following text "The request is blocked". Why? Even if via the help menu (using F1 or by selecting "Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Help"), the same outcome results. Context help did work within the past two weeks, but not now! About a week ago I updated my PC using Windows Update; that's the only known change I made to my PC's environment. Any ideas for a solution out there?

 

A copy of the error:

 

The request is blocked.

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5 Replies

@6foot4arch I starting getting the same thing at the same time so it is probably a bug on MS servers, not something on your computer (or mine).

I have asked around. People using other browsers don't have the problem. I use Chrome. What browser are you using?

@Jeff_Seigle 

 

Hi Jeff,

 

I use Chrome, too.  Considering your suggestion, I swapped out Chrome as my default browser, choosing Edge instead. The result? Success! Invoking contextual help will trigger a non-blocked web page via Edge. What a sight to behold. To confirm the test, I swapped back to Chrome again, and was faced with blocked web pages. How curious is that? So, thank you for the reply (and solution).

 

Have you tried a similar test?

@6foot4arch  I haven't tried it but even if it works, something is broken. I don't want to have to change my default browser.

@Jeff_Seigle 

I understand your point. I like Chrome, too, so I hope to see a resolution for its internal conflict.