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# Table formula problem in Word 97

Posted on 2003-03-06
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Whenever I use the formula function to sum numbers in a table, Word simply inserts the phrase “invalid character specification". What might me causing this?

Ken
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Could you right-click on the sum and click on Toggle Field Codes, and then paste that in here?
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I'm not sure if I'm doing this right. I get the following:

!Especificación de carácter no válida

(Note that I'm using a Spanish version of Word). But what I actually see is the term SUM(ABOVE)... etc. (In Spanish, of course).

Ken

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Ah - do you have numbers with a comma as a decimal separator?  If so it is possible that the following bug applies:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;284921

Briefly: the sum formula can't tell if 5,3 means 5.2 or 5 and 3 both to be included in the sum.
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Thanks so much!

Ken
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No problem.

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Will do. And thanks again.

Ken
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My pleasure - thanks for the points.
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