Can't Access the Registry

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 21, 2015)

When Jacques opens the Visual Basic Editor and clicks Tools | References, he gets the following message: "Can't access the system registry." Jacques isn't sure why this occurs and he's wondering how to fix it.

The Registry is, of course, the place where all the configuration information for your installation of Windows is stored. In addition, many applications (such as Excel and VBA) store configuration information in the Registry. If something is out of kilter in the Registry, then you may have problems accessing whatever application is expecting to find information there. This is apparently what is happening in Jacques' case.

In this particular case, it seems that the problem may be related to account permissions to access certain Registry information. The solution to this is not a trivial one; it can require a number of rather detailed steps to fix. Rather that recreate those steps here, it is best to visit the following page:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2007-customize/a-step-by-step-procedure-for-fixing-error/3c81197e-a237-4fb7-8c8a-d28145f7428e

I know that URL is very long, so you'll want to make sure that you get it all included when you go to visit the page. Also, even though the article is in a place dedicated to help with Office 2007, the solution it provides should work if you are experiencing the same issue with a different version of Excel.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10151) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Assigning a Macro to a Keyboard Combination

Macros are a great way to expand what you can do with the data you place in Excel. You can make those macros even handier by ...

Discover More

Looking Backward through a Data Table

Sometimes you need to look backward, through the information above your formula, to find the data you need. This can be done ...

Discover More

Keep with Previous

Word allows you to format a paragraph so that it is on the same page as whatever paragraph follows it. You may want, however, ...

Discover More

Solve Real Business Problems Master business modeling and analysis techniques with Excel and transform data into bottom-line results. This hands-on, scenario-focused guide shows you how to use the latest Excel tools to integrate data from multiple tables. Check out Microsoft Excel 2013 Data Analysis and Business Modeling today!

More ExcelTips (ribbon)

Using a Single Instance of Excel with Two Monitors

Working on a computer system that has multiple monitors can help increase your productivity. If you want to work with ...

Discover More

Saving Movement on Enter with a Workbook

Press Enter when working in a workbook and Excel moves to a cell adjacent to the one in which you were working. If you want, ...

Discover More

Error when Double-Clicking Workbook Files

When you double-click an Excel workbook on your system, Windows has to do a lot of behind-the-scenes work to start Excel and ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


This Site

Got a version of Excel that uses the ribbon interface (Excel 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.