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Saving as binary - PLEASE??

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by Kevryl, May 24, 2010.

  1. Kevryl

    Kevryl Flightless Bird

    I posted this question in General Questions on 29th March, and in New Users
    on 20th May - no reply from either as yet. It usrely is a basic question for
    some of the MVP boffins in here: Surely ... someone MUST know the answer??

    Here we go:

    If binary is more efficient speed and space-wise, why isn't it the default
    format (or read "the best way to save a file)?

    I'm trying to find out what the downside is before I save a majorly
    important, large file with heaps of macros in binary and start moving on
    with it to find a little way down the track I've made a terrible mistake! If
    it isn't the
    default there must be a reason - a down side - but I can't find anything in
    Help to tell me.

    Anyone know?
     
  2. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Kevryl

    And you will not get an answer here since your question does not belong to the
    Office newsgroup as is this one and secondly the reason you did not get answers
    there is because you question does not make any sense

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect

    "Kevryl" <Kevryl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:BDA1E536-E40D-4FD7-9283-6F5D84C7B988@microsoft.com...
    >I posted this question in General Questions on 29th March, and in New Users
    > on 20th May - no reply from either as yet. It usrely is a basic question for
    > some of the MVP boffins in here: Surely ... someone MUST know the answer??
    >
    > Here we go:
    >
    > If binary is more efficient speed and space-wise, why isn't it the default
    > format (or read "the best way to save a file)?
    >
    > I'm trying to find out what the downside is before I save a majorly
    > important, large file with heaps of macros in binary and start moving on
    > with it to find a little way down the track I've made a terrible mistake! If
    > it isn't the
    > default there must be a reason - a down side - but I can't find anything in
    > Help to tell me.
    >
    > Anyone know?
    >
     
  3. Kevryl

    Kevryl Flightless Bird

    "Peter Foldes" wrote:

    > Kevryl
    >
    > And you will not get an answer here since your question does not belong to the
    > Office newsgroup as is this one


    Peter, this is specifically an Excel 2007 problem, hence my successful
    posting on the first two occasions to "Excel General Questions" (the 29th
    March and 20th May posts went into microsoft.public.excel.misc (copied and
    pasted from the message headers))

    This post you have answered Peter went to microsoft.public.office.misc. It
    wouldn't be the first time one of my posts has disappeared "into the ether"
    to pop up unpredictably where I didn't send it! LOL. However, I'll accept
    that as my error although I thought I was posting to "Excel General
    Questions" again.

    Your confusion has resulted from THIS PARTICULAR post not going to the
    "Excel General Questions" thread, and I accept you may be unfamiliar with
    Excel 2007. Otherwise, my posts would have been perfectly clear ;-).
    [Actually, for users familiar with Excel 2007 (and there would be many in the
    "Office" threads, after all Excel IS Office) they still would have been!].

    > and secondly the reason you did not get answers
    > there is because you question does not make any sense


    Excel 2007 offers "Save as Binary"as an option (with a .xlsb extension),
    saying its space and time efficient, but nothing more. I'm simply asking what
    the downside is, which there must be ?? if it isn't the default option.

    I see in looking over my 3 posts on this that I do not specifically mention
    Excel. Thats understandable because they were posted to an Excel thread.

    Thanks Peter for your reply which has caused my to look further at why it
    all went awry. I shall repost with better explanation!

    Cheers,
    Kevryl.

    > --
    > Peter
    >
    > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    > http://www.microsoft.com/protect
    >
    > "Kevryl" <Kevryl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:BDA1E536-E40D-4FD7-9283-6F5D84C7B988@microsoft.com...
    > >I posted this question in General Questions on 29th March, and in New Users
    > > on 20th May - no reply from either as yet. It usrely is a basic question for
    > > some of the MVP boffins in here: Surely ... someone MUST know the answer??
    > >
    > > Here we go:
    > >
    > > If binary is more efficient speed and space-wise, why isn't it the default
    > > format (or read "the best way to save a file)?
    > >
    > > I'm trying to find out what the downside is before I save a majorly
    > > important, large file with heaps of macros in binary and start moving on
    > > with it to find a little way down the track I've made a terrible mistake! If
    > > it isn't the
    > > default there must be a reason - a down side - but I can't find anything in
    > > Help to tell me.
    > >
    > > Anyone know?
    > >

    >
    > .
    >
     

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