Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Problems with Custom Views.

Problems with Custom Views

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 22, 2015)

Custom views can be a great help in presenting data in a workbook. If you are using custom views, you may be surprised at some point by an error message that says "Some view settings could not be applied."

Don't despair if you see this message; it simply means that protection has been applied to one or more of the worksheets involved in the custom view. With protection enabled, any view settings that would violate the protection settings will not be applied and the message is displayed.

The solution is to either modify the view so it doesn't use any of the protected worksheets, or remove the protection from the worksheets used in the view.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2621) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Problems with Custom Views.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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