How to Troubleshoot and Overcome Runtime Error 1004
Run time errors are a common annoyance for Windows users. These errors are specific to numerous Microsoft Office applications, including Excel. The error Excel users often encounter is runtime error 1004. The best way to describe this error is a catch-all error code that defines errors that are otherwise undefinable. For this reason, this type of error can actually point to a wide range of problems. This article will cover two of the most common reasons for runtime error 1004 and offer a few tips to help resolve the issues.
Runtime Error 1004 Symptoms
All run time errors usually give the user symptoms indicating that there is problem. This particular error often occurs when opening an Excel file or accessing the Excel Desktop icon, displaying a runtime error 1004 message that reads: “Method On Key Up Object_APPLICATION Failed.” Additional details will notify you that the application is unable to load the resource library, recommending that you exit the application, install the resource library and restart the application.
You can troubleshoot your Excel issues and runtime error 1004 from within the Windows system. To do so, follow the steps below:
- Right-click the Windows Start button
- In the menu, select Explorer
- In the Explorer, open the C:\Program Files\MS Office\Office\XLSTART directory (Change the driver letter to your system disk if different)
- Delete the GWXL97.XLA File
- Close the Explorer
- Open the Excel application
After opening Excel, the application should start and allow you to work without run time errors.
Worksheet-Related Run Time Errors
You may also encounter runtime error 1004 when working with macros. In Excel, you can run macros that copy worksheets and place them into the workbook from which they originated. Doing so could result in a runtime error 1004 message that reads: “copy method of worksheet class failed” or “application-defined or object-defined error.” This typically occurs when you give your workbook a defined name and copy it multiple times without saving and closing the workbook first. To resolve this issue, try to save and close the workbook periodically while you are in the process of copying it. Keep in mind that the number of times a worksheet can be copied before saving all depends on its size.
Working Around Runtime Error 1004
To work around such run time errors, you can insert a new worksheet from a template rather than copying an existing worksheet. To do this, follow the instructions below for Microsoft Excel 2007:
- Create a new workbook in Excel and delete all other worksheets.
- Format the workbook and add any text or charts that need to be inserted into the template.
- Name the file whatever you want the template to be saved as, making sure to select the template (xltx) format.
- Insert the template using the following code:
Take note that the path \filename is to contain the full path and file name for the template with which you are working.
Overcoming Runtime Error 1004
The runtime error 1004 can be a bothersome when working in Excel, but it doesn’t have to a problem. As with all run time errors, the key is knowing what is behind them and how to resolve the issues.