Getting Rid of Fixed Objects

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 11, 2019)

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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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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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What is 5 - 3?

2020-08-27 02:05:39

Michael Quinlan

Same problem. I can't try to attempt the solution as I cannot move. I cannot click F5 or go to change the properties. If anyone has found an alternative solution please advise


2020-05-07 02:23:38

Moazeem

while removing filter FIXED OBJECT WILL MOVE ....... IT WON'T CLOSE ON THE OK AND WON'T ALLOW ANY OTHER EXCEL TO OPEN OR SHUT. ONLY ON ONE EXCEL WORKSHEET AND IT FREEZES THE COMPUTER. HOW DO i STOP IT?????


2020-04-30 06:29:27

Sam Huckin

Found the same as Darryl:

In my case, fixed objects referred to cell notes which weren't found by the "Go To > Special > Objects" search. They require their own "Go To > Special > Notes" search, which selects them all and right-clicking allows quick and easy deletion.


2020-01-31 12:33:06

Darryl

This can also refer to reviewing notes or comments attached to cells. Not sure of a fix, as in my case, they weren't needed anymore, so I just deleted them.


2019-07-18 07:01:28

BERNICE

FIXED OBJECT ....... IT WON'T CLOSE ON THE OK AND WON'T ALLOW ANY OTHER EXCEL TO OPEN OR SHUT. ONLY ON ONE EXCEL WORKSHEET AND IT FREEZES THE COMPUTER. HOW DO i STOP IT?????


2019-05-29 12:50:49

Sheryl C

I recently started getting the message "Fixed Items Will Move" after using Excel for many years. It completely locks my screen, no matter what key I press I get a 'ding'. My only recourse is to use cntl/alt/del and have to start over (All changes unsaved). What is this function and how can I stop it?


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