Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cannot Edit SharePoint 2007 List in Datasheet after Office 2010 Beta is Installed

I couldn’t wait to set up the Office 2010 beta, which became available this Monday. One interesting issue I’ve ran into was this:

1. I installed 64-bit version of Office 2010 Professional Plus beta (en_office_professional_plus_2010_beta_x64_x16-19234.exe version 14.0.4536.1000) on a Windows 7 box. I was forced  to uninstall Office 2007 Ultimate I had there before in order to proceed with the 2010 setup.

2. Today I went to my SharePoint 2007 intranet site and attempted to edit a custom list in datasheet view. I’ve got an error “The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view…”:


It turned out that IE 8 zone security was fine – I was missing ActiveX component necessary for datasheet editing, the ListNet Control. This control is packaged inside STSLIST.DLL library. The library was deployed to %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office14 directory, but wasn’t registered as a COM server, which resulted in failure of JavaScript on SharePoint page to create an instance of the corresponding ActiveX control for the ListNet.ListNet progID.

Various editions of Microsoft Office 2007 include SharePoint support component, which is installed by default: Microsoft Office >> Office Tools >> Windows SharePoint Services Support. Specifically the “Edit in datasheet” feature is supported by the sub-component named “Microsoft Office Access Web Datasheet Component”. I went and checked out the components installed for my Office 2010 – and the analogous components were marked as installed:


Now that appears to be an issue. It would be interesting to know if anyone else ran into the same situation or was it just me. The workaround was easy – install back Windows SharePoint Services Support for Office 2007. Below is a screenshot – I only needed this specific part of the office and nothing else:


Now the “View in datasheet” worked for me. Interestingly, it appears as that both Office 12 and Office 14 versions got registered as a result. Here is the view at the COM object registry settings using oleview.exe tool (part of Visual Studio tools):


Hope this saves somebody time. Also here is a link to a good post made by Jose Barreto, which lists all SharePoint 2007 ActiveX controls.


  1. I had problems adding new rows in the datasheet view with Office2010 Beta Plus.

    I also installed the Office2007 Sharepoint Components as described above and this solved also my problems.


  2. I as well had issues. This fixed them. Thanks!!!

  3. I actually retract what I said... There is lots of functionality that is missing when using Edit in Datasheet view in Windows 7 64-bit with Internet Explorer 8 with this Office 2007 64-bit workaround.

  4. Thanks this worked for me and SharePoint 2010 as well.

  5. This is the most definitive way of explaining how this feature works and how to fix it. Thank You Ivan.

    I had both MS OFfice 2010 and accessing both SPS 2010 and MOSS 2007.

    I think the packgage of the Office 2010 install still has problem.

    Once I installed just the Office 2007 Access Web Data sheet like Ivan enlightned us. it resolved the problem.

  6. Oh, you're my hero! This is exactly what happened to me, & this is exactly what fixed it.

  7. Oh, you're my hero! This is exactly the problem I had, & this is exactly what fixed my problem.

  8. I'm late to this game, but THANKS! What a pain. Why can't Microsoft simply give us a quick fix for this issue like you just did? It took me all of 10 mins to implement your solution but a lot longer than that trying things other people suggested.