Microsoft Excel is a widely-used program for creating worksheets, performing data entry operations, creating graphs and charts, and more. It is an excellent tool for organizing and analyzing data. However, users of all versions of the Excel app may encounter memory issues. The error message “Not enough memory to run Microsoft Excel. Please close other applications and try again.” is a common issue faced by many users when attempting to open Excel on their Windows PC. This error can prevent users from accessing their spreadsheets. Some users have reported encountering this error when opening an Excel file downloaded from an email client or when attaching a file to an email.
If you are receiving an error message stating “Not enough memory to run Microsoft Excel” when attempting to use the program, there are several possible solutions to try:
- Close other programs: If you have other programs running, especially memory-intensive ones, try closing them and see if that frees up enough memory to run Excel.
- Clear the Excel cache: Go to File > Options > Advanced, scroll down to the “General” section, and click on “Empty the Excel file cache”.
- Adjust virtual memory settings: Press Win + R, type “sysdm.cpl” and hit Enter. In the System Properties window, click on the Advanced tab and then click on the Settings button under Performance. Click on the Advanced tab again and then click on the Change button under Virtual memory. Select “Custom size” and set the initial size and maximum size to a higher value. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
- Repair or reinstall Office: If the above solutions do not work, try repairing or reinstalling Office. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features, select Microsoft Office, and click on Change. Then select the “Repair” option, or “Uninstall” and then “Install” to reinstall Office.
- Upgrade your computer’s memory: If you are still experiencing memory issues with Excel after trying the above solutions, you may need to upgrade your computer’s memory to a higher capacity.
Hopefully, one of these solutions will fix the “Not enough memory to run Microsoft Excel” issue on your computer.