Error Message: Error 1722: The RPC Server Is Unavailable

  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Microsoft Word 2000
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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When you are automating another program with Microsoft Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications, you may receive an error message similar to the following:

Error 1722: The RPC server is unavailable.


When you are automating a Microsoft Office program, it is possible to call one of the server’s objects without referencing the program object. The code may work once, or it may work when you step through it, but the code returns the error message when you run it from another program.


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290140  OFFXP: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles

When you write code against the server object reference, make sure to include the variable reference in calls to the server’s internal objects.

The following sample code displays the correct syntax:

Sub MyMacro()

   Dim x As Word.Application

   Set x = New Word.Application

   'The following line now contains a reference to the application
   ' object "x".
   x.Selection.Text = "test"

End Sub

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