Excel object linking and embedding error

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Hello everyone,

Microsoft Excel 2016 was working perfectly but this morning an alert has been made showing “Cannot use object linking and embedding”.  How can I fix this issue? I need experts’ advice to remove this error. Thanks for your cooperation.


Cannot use object linking and embedding.

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Excel object linking and embedding error


That issue is somewhat similar to the error “The application Microsoft Word quit unexpectedly” which mostly happens on OS X. It seems they are different errors but they have the same solution. Here’s how to fix it. On OS X, first, quit any active applications except Finder since you cannot quit it. To do this, click on the Apple menu and select Force Quit.

In the Force Quit Applications window, select an application then click Force Quit. Repeat the steps until all active applications are terminated. Take note that when you force quit an application, any unsaved modifications to an open document are not saved. Next is to remove Preferences. Make sure there are no active Microsoft Office applications running. Click on the Go menu, Home, Library, and then open the Preferences folder.

Take note, the Library folder is hidden in OS X Lion. So, to display the folder, press and hold the OPTION key while clicking on the Go menu. Look for a file named “com.microsoft.Word.plist.” If you locate the file, move it to your desktop. Move it, not copy. If the file is not there then the application is using the default Preferences.

After moving the file, launch Microsoft Office Word and verify if the problem is fixed. If it seems the problem is fixed, you can now trash the “com.microsoft.Word.plist” file. But if the issue still occurs, quit Microsoft Office Word and restore the file back to its original location. Make sure not a single Microsoft Office application is running.

Repeat the steps to go back to the Preferences folder and open the Microsoft folder. Look for the file “com.microsoft.Word.prefs.plist”. Again, move the file to your desktop. Launch Microsoft Office Word again and see if the problem still occurs. If the problem is fixed, trash the file. In case the problem still occurs, click on the Go menu then select Home and then open Library.

Open the Application Support folder, the Microsoft folder, the Office folder, and the User Templates folder. Look for the file named Normal and move it to your desktop. Start Microsoft Office Word and see if it works.

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