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Truncated text from Excel to Word Merge

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Hi All

I am merging to word from excel (2003)

The fields are being truncated after 255 characters.

Why? And is there a solution.

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by:Rory Archibald
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It is, as far as I know, a limitation of all versions of Office other than 2007. To workaround it, I think you would need to use automation to open the Excel workbook and populate bookmarks in the Word document.
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Rory
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I suggest that you split the Excel strings into 225-long chunks in differents Excel cells, give them a <<fieldname>> and add them into the Word merge.
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by:danhleighton
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Thanks guys

Rorya I don't really understand what you mean there...

Patrick  - I understand but I am not sure whether that is going to work!

Can I create an Access DB using the spreadsheet as the source and then create a series of lookup tables with all the fields set to memo?


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You can link a worksheet as a table in an Access db.
By automation, I mean that you would write code to physically start an instance of Excel, open the workbook you want and then loop through all the rows, populating and printing the word document as necessary. The Access db may be an easier option!
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Rory
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>I understand but I am not sure whether that is going to work!

Why wouldn't it work?
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Thanks all PatrickAB has provided the answer which helped me.
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danhleighton - Thanks for the points - Patrick
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