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This array is fixed or temporarily locked (Error 10)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Not all arrays can be redimensioned. Even arrays specifically declared to be dynamic and arrays within Variantvariables are sometimes locked temporarily. This error has the following causes and solutions:

  • You tried to use ReDim to change the number of elements of a fixed-size array . For example, in the following code, the fixed array FixedArr is received by SomeArr in the NextOne procedure, and then an attempt is made to resize SomeArr:
Sub FirstOne 
  Dim FixedArr(25) As Integer    ' Create a fixed-size array and 
  NextOne FixedArr()    ' pass it to another procedure. 
End Sub 

Sub NextOne(SomeArr() As Integer) 
  ReDim SomeArr(35)        ' Error 10 occurs here. 
  '. . . 
End Sub 
 Make the original array dynamic rather than fixed by declaring it with **ReDim** (if the array is declared within a procedure), or by declaring it without specifying the number of elements (if the array is declared at[module level](
  • You tried to redimension a module-level dynamic array, in which one element has been passed as an argument to a procedure. For example, in the following code, ModArray is a dynamic, module-level array whose forty-fifth element is being passedby reference to the Test procedure:
Dim ModArray () As Integer    ' Create a module-level dynamic array. 
'. . . 

Sub AliasError() 
  ReDim ModArray (1 To 73) As Integer 
Test ModArray(45)    ' Pass an element of the module-level  
' array to the Test procedure. 
End Sub 

Sub Test(SomeInt As Integer) 
  ReDim ModArray (1 To 40) As Integer  ' Error occurs here. 
End Sub 
There is no need to pass an element of the module-level array in this case, since it's visible within all procedures in the module. However, if an element is passed, the array is locked to prevent a deallocation of memory for the reference [parameter]( within the procedure, causing unpredictable behavior when the procedure returns.
  • You attempted to assign a value to a Variant variable containing an array, but the Variant is currently locked. For example, if your code uses a For Each...Next loop to iterate over a variant containing an array, the array is locked on entry into the loop, and then released at the termination of the loop:
SomeArray = Array(9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1) 

For Each X In SomeArray 
  SomeArray = 301    ' Causes error since array is locked. 
Next X 
 Use a **For...Next** rather than a **For Each...Next** loop to iterate. When an array is the object of a **For Each...Next** loop, you can read the array, but not write to it.

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