I have a shared Excel file with 14 people having access. The spreadsheet has been fine for a while, however, in the last 2 weeks, opening and saving the spreadsheet hangs for a good 4 to 5 minutes. Any ideas how to solve this problem?


Shared excel sheets tend to grow to significant size as more and more revisions get put in. I've had success in shrinking them back to a manageable size by turning off shared edit mode and saving and then turning shared edit mode back on.


I have resolved this problem with a macro here. I also have my sheets force macro use by hiding the sheets unless macros are enabled.

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