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When testing the sample files for an article for the well known german computer magazine c’t, I noticed a small but confusing translation error in Excel 2010.

The function „Zoom to Selection“ is incorrectly translated to „Fenster einfrieren“ in German instead of „Zoommodus: Auswahl“ (like in Excel 2007). Unfortunately „Fenster einfrieren“ means „Freeze panes“ and this feature is located next to the incorrect button on the ribbon tab. However, when clicking on the incorrect translated button, the right function „Zoom to Selection“ is executed, as you can see on the two screenshots below for Excel 2007 and 2010 in German.

Excel 2007

Excel 2010

The head line for the help window is also incorrect in german, the help text is however correct.

Since I could not remember whether the error was already present in the beta of Excel 2010, I tested this in a virtual machine with the Beta installed. Interestingly, there, the designation of the functon is correct.

Excel 2010 Beta

I can not say whether if it is in fact „only“ a translation error or if Excel 2010 programmatically calls a wrong language resource. And I have not tested if the bug also exists in other languages as I have no other languages installed. However, this would be interesting to find out.

This article has also been published on my other blog www.software.maninweb.de
and on the German Version of the Excel Ticker blog.


When testing an own developped VBA application in Excel 2010, I noticed a curiosity, which I personally would classify as a bug in Excel 2010.

My application is using some form controls, especially checkboxes which are hidden or unhidden per code. And the cells containing the controls are also hidden or unhidden per code.
The error in Excel 2010 appears when following steps are done:

  • Hide the form controls per code (Visible = False).
  • Hide the rows containing the controls.
  • Save and close the workbook.
  • Open the workbook again.
  • The form controls are now all on top and lost their original positions.

This problem does not appear in Excel 2007. Now, for getting sure that this is actually a problem of Excel 2010, I wrote a small sample application, which positioned 9 checkboxes as shown in the screenshots below. Please note, that I haved used the german version of Excel for the screenshots as the english version of Excel 2010 is not available yet for me. The properties for each control are set to “Move but don’t size with cells” (in German “Nur von Zellposition abhängig”). The two screenshots below show the worksheet in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 in the initial state without any influence from VBA code.

Excel Controls Bug

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This article is a translation of the german article from my friend André Melenk, who posted it in the german blog. He has noticed a strange behaviour of Excel 2010 interface. Under certain circumstances, the minimize, maximize and close button on the upper right corner of the Excel application window are flashing. This may be a bug in Excel 2010.

To reproduce this issue, proceed as follows:

  1. Start Excel 2010.
  2. Please ensure that the main application window of Excel 2010 is maximized.
  3. Please create a new empty workbook.
  4. Insert an object or shape in a worksheet (for example an image, a shape or a control).
  5. Then move your mouse cursor over the heading of the worksheet and in a manner that the cursor is vertically below the minimize or maximize icons (like shown in the screenshot below)

Excel 2010

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Some time ago, I read the interesting blog post „Function Improvements in Excel 2010” on the Microsoft Excel Team Blog. They report about the changed formulas in Excel 2010 and about the improvements made to the calculation algorithms for these formulas. I’m not a statistician and I can’t really use all those statistical formulas, but I’m curious and I would like to examine how the results returned by the affected formulas differ in the different Excel Versions. For doing this, I have choosen the GAMMALN() function because this formula just only needs one argument. You can download a sample workbook at the end of this article.


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In Excel 2007, it is possible to link a chart or an axis title to a cell by using a formula. However this was not possible when using VBA. The correponding objects have now been extended in Excel 2010, as you can see in the sample file which can be downloaded at the end of this article. The following image shows a screenshot of this sample file.

Excel 2010 VBA AxisTitle and ChartTitle Objects

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Today, I had a closer look on the changes to the “AddIn” object and the new object “AddIns2” in Excel 2010. The “AddIn” object has been only extended by the property “IsOpen”, allowing to check programmatically if a specific Add-In is loaded or not. The new object “AddIns2” lists, unlike the already existing object “AddIns”, all available Add-Ins regardless if they have been installed or not. The following screenshot demonstrates this behaviour. First, I loaded the Add-In “Test.xla” by opening the file with the file open dialog.

Excel VBA Addins Objects

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