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DV3 - Error Messages  

Error messages


- Out of string space


- Run time error 9...


- Object variable and others


- File not found


- Division by Zero; Overflow

- Cannot write to... (Exporting a file)


- Couldn't find installable ISAM


- Can't update. Database or object is read-only


- The macros in this project are disabled.


Error without a message


- Empty Exported File


Related subject


- Would you like to add missing spaces...?


Message "Out of String Space"


Klas Törnquist


1. Check your hard drive for free space.

2. Try to close all other applications, but Déjà Vu.

3. Remove graphics from your file, import, translate, export, and insert graphics back. There are a couple of macros that can help you.


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Messages: Object Variable; With Block Not set; Object required; Active X; etc.


Emilio Benito


Déjà Vu is not properly installed. Register the following files:


To register a file:

a. Open two MyComputer windows, both pointing to:

\Windows\System (or \WinNT\System32).

b. Locate REGSVR32.EXE on one window and the file you want to register on the other.

c. Drag and drop the file you want to register on REGSVR32.EXE.

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Message "Run-time error 9 Subscript out of range



Atril's knowledge base offers this solution:

Close Déjà Vu Interactive. Run it again by double-clicking on a project file.


Solution posted by Emilio Benito in the newsgroup:

1. Run Regedit.exe (Start/Run, ...). In Windows 95/98, NT or 2000 go to "start" then "run" and type that command in.


3. Delete the complete folder for DejaVu.

4. Exit Regedit and install DejaVu again.


Attention: It seems Déjà Vu is not compatible with Norton SystemWorks. Disabled all auto-loading features and exit Norton before reinstalling Déjà Vu.

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Message "File not found"


When exporting a file you get the message "File not found". For some file formats, Déjà Vu needs the original file (same name) in the original directory. You should not rename, delete, or move the original file until after the translated file is exported.


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Message "Division by Zero"; "Overflow"


You've changed the path or name of source files during a project.

You should not change file names or path during a project.

Reset your old path – if this does not solve the problem, create a new project, import files, and pretranslate. 


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Cannot write to...


Tanja Güllicher


When exporting a file, Déjà Vu cannot write the exported file. 
See the message Export translated file.


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Couldn't find installable ISAM


Bjorn Olofsson


From the Déjà Vu archives I found one solution based on tampering with the registry and one consisting of reinstalling the FULL copy of Déjà Vu (the newest full version you have downloaded + the last update - no. 31).

As I prefer not touching the registry I reinstalled Déjà Vu. Now everything works normally, but I still don't know what has happened.

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Can't update. Database or object is read-only

Emilio Benito

One of these files:

  • scrrun.dll
  • mstext35.dll

(in WinNT\System32 or Windows\System) is the wrong version.
You can get the versions used by Déjà Vu from:

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The macros in this project are disabled.

When exporting a file to Word (2 columns) you get the error message:
"The macros in this project are disabled. Please refer to the online help or documentation of the host application to determine how to enable macros."

This means that Macro security in Word is set in High. 

  1. Open Word
  2. Go to Tools > Macro, and select Security...
  3. Select Low or Medium as Security Level.
    • Medium will ask permission every time you export the file. If you have a good anti-virus enabled, you probably can use Low. Today, most anti-virus are looking for malicious code inside Word macros.
  4. Close Word and import file again.


You can self-sign Déjà Vu's macros and use them without changing the Security Level. This is a 3-step process: to create a digital signature, to apply the digital signature, to allow the use of macros signed this way.

  1. To create your digital signature (self-certification):
  2. Click here for instructions.

  3. To apply the digital signature:

      • Open a new word document.
      • Load the macro(s) you want to sign* (Tools>Templates and Add-ins -- select Add, select the macro(s) and add it/them).
      • Open the Visual Basic Editor (Tools>Macro>Visual Basic Editor).
      • Sign it/them (in the Visual Basic Editor, go to Tools>Digital Signature and sign it). It seems that all loaded macros will be signed at once (If not, repeat the process highlighting each macro).
      • When exiting the Visual Basic Editor, accept changes in the templates.

    Click here for detailed instructions.


      • Déjà Vu's macros have passwords. They do not affect the addition of a signature.
      • If you need to open a template without running any macro automatically, hold down the shift key until Word finishes opening it.
      • *Macros you want to sign:
        • Word macros are stored inside template (.dot) files.
        • In DVX, macros are stored in
          Program Files/Atril/Deja Vu X/Templates.
        • In DV3, macros are stored in
          Program Files/DejaVu. Macros that deal with 2-column export/import are stored in: and


  5. To allow the use of macros signed this way:

    The first time the macro is called, an authorization window will pop up. Authorize the use of the signature in that window.

For more info, visit MS's "5-Minute Security Advisor - Signing Office Objects."

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Empty exported files


There are two common causes for getting empty exported files, unfortunately Déjà Vu does not send an error message in these cases:

1. Path is too long

  • Change path of exported file to your root directory (Go to Tools>Configure and change "Output directory...")

2. Wrong Codes

  • Go to the first cell (Ctrl+PageUP) and press Ctrl+Shift+C to jump to the next row with wrong embedded codes.
  • Fix codes.
  • Repeat Ctrl+Shift+C and fix codes until you reach your last cell.

3. See message "Export translated file" for more detailed info. 

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