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Invalid use of object

This page is specific to the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Language Reference for Office 2010.

You tried to use an object in an incorrect way. This error has the following causes and solutions:

  • You tried to discontinue an object reference by assigning Nothing to it but omitted the Set keyword:

    MyObject = Nothing 

    Use the Set statement to set an object to Nothing. Assuming MyObject is an object, you must set it to Nothing with the Set statement:

    Set MyObject = Nothing 

    Omitting the Set keyword is an implicit use of Let, which causes an attempt to perform a value assignment, rather than a reference assignment. Nothing can't be used in a value assignment.

  • You attempted to use Nothing in an expression.

    Rewrite the expression without the Nothing.

For additional information, select the item in question and press F1 (in Windows) or HELP (on the Macintosh).