Getting Rid of Fixed Objects

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 15, 2016)


Peter has a filtered worksheet. When he takes all the filters off a message box pops up saying "Fixed objects will move!" There is no option other than clicking OK. Peter wonders what fixed objects are and how he can get rid of them.

"Fixed objects" can refer to a multitude of items, such as comments, graphics, controls, etc. They are considered "fixed" because they are placed in a spot on the worksheet and then Excel tries to keep them in that spot.

You can select the objects in a worksheet by pressing F5 to display the Go To dialog box, and then clicking Special. In the resulting dialog box click the Objects radio button and click OK. At this point all the objects are selected and you can, if desired, delete them.

If you need to keep the objects, you can try getting rid of the notice by informing Excel that it is OK for the objects to move. This involves a properties change for each of the objects—right-click the object and choose Properties, then check or clear the checkbox that controls whether the object can move.

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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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2017-10-31 00:10:37

Lisa Laycock

I have had this error too, but when I F5 (go to) then " special" and "objects" radio button , Excel tells me "No Objects Found". ??

2017-08-30 13:14:26

Pete Zicari

Thanks! It seems to be funct-F5 on a Mac.

2017-05-03 08:41:54


please tell me how to remove the top line it is neither moving nor it is editable

2016-08-23 21:15:41


The F5 thing does not work. It's driving me crazy, this is one of the most important spreadsheets I have and the error ONLY affects this spreadsheet

2016-05-20 13:26:18

Heidi Hanson

It says "no objects found" but clearly the sheet is littered with form fields and radio buttons from what I pasted. How can I get rid of them?

2016-04-25 22:17:06

John Argus

When I tried using F5 to Go To all Objects, Excel found no objects. However, I suspected that there were comments in some of the cells, so I selected the entire worksheet, right clicked and selected, "Delete Comment". I was then able to turn off filtering. Worked for me, may help someone else.

2016-02-26 07:46:51

rustin myers

How can I get my drop down menu text to be larger.
Its' very small in the drop down menu but regular size after it is selected.


2016-02-25 10:23:52


Thank you Judy - your suggestion worked or me 3 years later!!!

2015-09-10 11:11:17


I was not able to try F5 or to inspect the objects. Excel was locked up totally and I had to shut down. This solution did not work.

2015-06-05 13:26:26


Judy, your suggestion worked. The only thing I had to do was remove the comments after the inspection.

2015-02-25 08:45:13


Cool! Thanks! Very to good to get rid of that message

2015-01-30 07:07:14


Thank you Judy its works well..

2014-10-22 04:16:04


I tried to follow Judy's guideline today to sort out this issue with my excel sheet and it indeed works. Thank you so much for your useful recommendation.

2013-07-16 15:18:02


Mine say's "no objects found" as well... any other ideas?

2013-06-25 13:59:24


Robyn, my husband found the following tip elsewhere online, hope it helps:

Click on "File"
Click on "Info Tab"
Left Click on "Check File Issues"
Click "Inspect Document"
Click "No" [Seems like it does nothing but must have some impact]
Clickk "Inspect"
Click "Close"
"Save As *.xlsx" or "Save"
I repated these steps several times with the same file and it appears to correct the problem in the file what ever it may be. In this particular file it appeared to be a hold over from an old Lotus .WK4 file that had been converted to Excel years ago and upgraded numerous times. Not sure if this is related or not but above fix corrected this one file. Good luck!

2013-06-06 01:32:18


I am having the same issue as Judy and Nick, does anyone have a solution please. I have to shut down my computer and restart as i can not shut down excel as the error will not go away and freezes everything.

2013-05-23 09:09:27


Help! When I do what you suggest, it tells me "No objects found", and I can't do anything with my spreadsheet - there is no option other than pulling up task manager and killing Excel...

2013-03-28 02:40:31


Hi,why it shows no object found for me ?Please help to handle such case,all my work suck for it

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