Upgrade Now
Waiting-for-Another-Application-to-complete-an-OLE-Action

Microsoft Excel is Waiting for Another Application to complete an OLE Action - What Does This Mean?

Jun 03, 2022

Are you getting served the same error message over and over again?

"Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an ole action"

What does that mean?!

Don't worry, you are not alone. This article will teach you how to tackle the Excel OLE action error message so that you no longer get hit with the frustrating message every time you try and open up your excel workbook.

What Is An OLE Action?

OLE is an abbreviation of Object Linking and Embedding, which is an action developed by Microsoft to allow Office applications to work with other applications. This tool allows an editing program to send some of the document across to other apps, take content from there and then import it back.

For example, when excel attempts to communicate with PowerPoint, it sends the command to the OLE object and then waits for a response.

Why the Does OLE Error Emerge?

In simple terms, the OLE Action Error appears if the response does not come back within the required time frame. When this occurs the "Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an ole action" will appear.

In total, there are three main reasons that this OLE Action error message appears.

  1. The DDE protocol has gotten disabled within Excel.

  2. .A corrupt MS Office application has gotten installed.

  3. There are too many add-ins that are conflicting with the Excel sheet.

How To Fix Excel Is Waiting For OLE Action Error?

The most common solution for when you see the "Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an ole action" error message is to restart your system and try again. When you have restarted your computer, check to see if the "Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an ole action" error message appears or not.

If it does, then try some of these workaround options.

Turn on the “Ignore other applications that use the DDE” feature

Another common reason Excel users receive this error when they try to open their excel file is due to the DDE application feature. To remove this potential issue, you can enable the "Ignore other applications that use DDE" option.

  1. Open your MS Excel workbook, click on the File menu, and then Options.

  2. From here, select the Advanced tab and scroll to the General area option.

  3. Tick the "Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)" choice.

  4. Restart your Excel document to see if the Excel application messaging has gone away.

Disable add-ins

As I have mentioned, some users get hit with the "Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an ole action" error message because they are running too many add-ins and some of them are corrupt.

To disable your add ins:

  • Open your Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, click on the File menu and select Options.

  • From there, select Add-ins, select Excel Add-ins, and select the Go button.

  • Now uncheck all of the boxes and hit OK.

Disable Compatibility Mode

Some Microsoft Excel users have managed to successfully tackle the Excel OLE action error message when they disable compatibility mode.

To do this, run your Microsoft Excel workbook in compatibility mode and then disable it. Once completed, check when your OLE action error message has gotten resolved.

Here's a quick step-by-step guide to disabling compatibility mode:

  1. Right-click on your Microsoft Excel and select the Properties option.

  2. From here, an Excel options dialog box will appear, which looks similar to task manager. Click the Compatibility mode button and uncheck the option that says "Run this program in compatibility mode."

OLE Issue: Summary

Now you have all of the possible options you can try when your computer shows you the "Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an ole action" error message.

OLI is an essential excel function, as it allows the application to communicate with itself, and delivers commands to keep everything running smoothly.

If you found this article useful, be sure to check out our range of how-to and information guides from the Simple Sheets blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you stop Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an OLE action?

  1. Open your Microsoft Excel sheet and head to the File menu, then select Options.

  2. The Excel Options will show. Head to the advanced tab and head to the General area. From there, click "Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange."

  3. Restart Microsoft Excel.

Why do I keep getting an OLE error in Excel?

You might receive the "Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an ole action" error message when you open Excel documents that include embedded objects.

Related Articles

Can You Convert Excel to Google Sheets: Everything You Need to Know

How to Add a Google Sheets Drop Down Menu in Minutes

How-to Guide: Wrap Text In Google Sheets

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras sed sapien quam. Sed dapibus est id enim facilisis, at posuere turpis adipiscing. Quisque sit amet dui dui.

Call To Action

Stay connected with news and updates!

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.
Don't worry, your information will not be shared.

We hate SPAM. We will never sell your information, for any reason.