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Cornelius Morris

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Nov 27, 2008
I have just taken over a spreadsheet previously managed by a colleague. It's very simple--just a database with columns (last name, first name, address, etc.) No functions, no formula.

It was saved in Excel 97 as recently as last month. I have managed to clean up lots of formatting, but I keep having problems with some things.

When I try a sort function (and I have checked the "My data has headers" (because I put them there), and choose, for example, "Last name" (the first column" I keep getting the error message "This operation requires the merged cells to be identically sized". I have gone through and re-sized everything (that I can see); it was so messy that some cells were two spaces deep.

I have tried the global command from the Toolbar, and everything looks right. Everything cell has the same height (one line).

Any suggestions?


Addendum: I just figured it out. Pretty simple: "Clear Formats" in the Toolbar cleaned out all the voodoo and junk from before.
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Nov 15, 2013
Hi Cornelius Morris - Good job figuring it out. I have often found that merged cells on a spreadsheet are "Evil" and should be avoided if possible. I was going to suggest unmerging all cells, but that was probably accomplished by the "Clear Formats" command. Happy excelling.

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