logo ASAP Utilities

Answered Questions (FAQ)

If you have a question or experience a problem with ASAP Utilities then please verify if there is already an answer to your question or solution for you problem in our list of frequently answered questions.

Priority support for clients

If you can't find the answer on our website then please contact us.

Version history

A history of the various updates and improvements throughout the years

How it makes YOU rock in Excel

These short tutorials show you how to benefit from the tools in ASAP Utilities and are guaranteed to save you time and speed up your work in Excel.

User Guide

The ASAP Utilities User Guide is a practical manual that will show you how to get the best out of our excel add-in


How to (temporary) uninstall ASAP Utilities.

Bug report

If you have found a bug first make sure you are using the most recent version. If that is the case go to our bug-report page

Debug information

In some cases you will be asked by our support-team to turn on the debug-mode to help solve specific problems.


Links to interesting websites

Excel Books

The best books on Excel. Whether you want to learn Excel, write better formula's, learn how to use macros or write professionals applications in Excel these are the best books

How to solve the error: 'Automation error', 'Unspecified error', 'Object library invalid' or 'Compile error'

Published: December 5, 2018 (latest revision Januari 14, 2024)
reference id: QA0312

These errors are an indication that there is a problem with the installation of Excel. These are very rare errors.

If you get the message 'Automation error', 'Unspecified error', 'Object library invalid' or 'Compile error in hidden module ASAP...' when you open Excel after installing ASAP Utilities, the problem is caused by a problem with the installation of Microsoft Office. There is not a problem with our add-in and re-installing ASAP Utilities does not solve it.

The problem is often caused by un-installing a trial version of Excel, or an Office patch that was automatically run by Windows. It is sometimes caused by getting Office pre-installed on the PC when you purchase the PC or sometimes by other software that corrupts a part of the Excel installation.

Please run Office Repair:
# Microsoft Office Support: Repair an Office application
Repair an Office application
If that doesn't solve it, then we recommend to completely uninstall Office, reboot your computer (important!) and reinstall.

One of our competitors, Add-ins.com, has written a very detailed article about the 'automation error' with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to fix this:
# How to Repair Microsoft Excel - What to do if add-ins do not run

Or you can try the following from Microsoft Support:
# Fix Outlook and Office 365 problems with Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365

If all that fails to solve the error, then we were informed by a user that creating and switching to a new user account on the computer can solve it.

« back

Home Privacy Policy Cookie Policy EULA Download All added Excel tools Sitemap Contact Us

Empowering Excel Users Worldwide for 25 Years