This issue has persisted for many months, and I've been unable to find a reason for why it is happening. I have suspicions that it's down to a networked printer in our office, but at this stage I don't know how to resolve it.
When using Excel, I will occasionally get the message Accessing Printer appearing in the status bar. It doesn't happen every single time I use Excel, but once it starts happening during a session, it will continue to show this message mostly every time I try to edit a cell's content or formatting.
When the taskbar is showing this message, Excel will freeze up and not allow you to click on other cells, change tabs, or allow edits of any kind. This message would take from 20 seconds to over a minute to go away, allowing me to continue using Excel. I have discovered a way to cancel out of the printer accessing procedure by pressing ESC; however, this is a temp solution, and it has been known on occasion for me to have to press ESC up to 7 or 8 times in order to cancel chain Accessing Printer messages.
The message will sometimes also appear when loading Excel, and I have to wait 20 to 30 seconds+ in order for Excel to load (similar amount of time I would have had to wait when it happened during a session). Again, it's not happening every time, but it's enough to be a pain.
I read somewhere about trying to restarting the spooling process, but I don't remember being able to find the exact process present in the taskmanager. For reference, I've not been trying to print any of these files, so this isn't a printing issue as far as trying to print is concerned. When I do try to print using Excel, all seems fine.
The problem appears to be relating to some process trying to connect with the network printer against my will, when it doesn't appear to be necessary to carry out the standard Excel edits I'm making. is there any way to disable some feature to prevent this?
Here is the basic setup for this computer:
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533)
- System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
- System Model: Latitude E5430 non-vPro
- BIOS: BRCM MBA Slot 0C00 v15.0.12
- Processor: Intel® Core i5-3320M CPU @ 2.60GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
- Memory: 4096MB RAM
Edited by hamluis, 30 May 2013 - 02:54 PM.
Moved from Vista to Business Applications - Hamluis.