Excel 2007 :: Data Connection Between Two Workbooks Locks Source Workbook When Refreshed

Feb 10, 2012


I have 4 workbooks, all of them contain data that is managed by other teams at my company. I need to take all of this data, organize, and concatenate it into one sheet for myself, that I will then reference in other workbooks to various OTHER departments in our company that need the data for certain projects. I have the organization laid out in a lot of very complex formulas so that most of this is automated, and not manual.

I need a solution that can pull data from the 4 workbooks without locking them for use, to allow me to keep my document open all the time, and they can update theirs at their leisure. Everything works fine, until I hit the refresh button. Once this is hit, all of the linked documents are locked and cannot be opened, even in "Read Only" mode. Once I close the master document, the files are free to be opened. I know a workaround for now is that i can not "refresh" the document, but rather close and re open it for changes.

Some steps I have already tried :

1. Create an intermediary file that no one uses, and can be locked all day without a problem. This doesn't work for me since the intermediary file needs to be open to refresh, which locks the original source doc, leaving me in the same place as before.

2.Modify the connection string to display "Mode=Read;" instead of "Mode=Share Deny Read"

3.Create a new connection with "Read" only selected in the Advanced Tab

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I am importing external data to "Workbook A" from the source workbook, "Workbook B." Workbook A is set up to refresh every 15 minutes. Workbook B is shared. I am recieving an error saying either, the 'file is in use', or 'the file is locked,' depending on the senario.

Scenario 1:
1. I open A and enable data connections.
2. I try to open B, but receive the message: '(File location...) is in use. Try again later.

Scenario 2:
1. I open B.
2. I open A.
3. I go back to B to edit information.
4. When I try saving the information I get the following message: 'File is locked. Try the command again later.'

I need to be able to have A open and periodically refreshing. I also need to allow users unhindered access to B at the same time.

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