Excel Not allowing object linking and embedding


  • When I launch Excel 2016 an error message shows that I "cannot use object linking and embedding". I am running Office 365 on Windows 10 computer. 

    When this error message shows up, i cannot copy or paste in the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is not protected, i was the author of the spreadsheet on another computer also running Office 365 (Excel 2016)  My subscription has been activated, the Excel version is 16.0.6326.1022 32-bit

    This is real frustrating. 

    Can anyone help with this issue.

    Much appreciated. Thanks

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:52 PM


  • Hi SMH,

    Based on your error message, first I suggest you check if it works fine in safe mode. Please try to disable add-ins and try to open Excel file again.

    If your issue still exists, please refer to this link and try the method from the link:

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Any updates please let me know, I'm glad to help and follow up your reply.


    Emi Zhang
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    Thursday, February 25, 2016 9:44 AM