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# Formaula does not copy correctly

Posted on 2011-09-21
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The data that I downloaded does not copy correctly.  I have a 17 digit value that I must split into 2 pieces; when I use the left(a1,11) or right(a1,6) formula and copy it, only the first entry copies correctly and it it the only value seen.  Attached is a sample of the spreadsheet.
EE-Copy-Issue.xls
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Question by:castlerj

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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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I can't see the problem - the first 11 characters are all the same aren't they - so =LEFT(A2,11) will give you the same thing when copied down.

If you use =RIGHT(A2,6)

that should give different values

If they look the same then re-calculate the sheet by pressing F9 key

regards, barry
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This is happening because you have automatic calculation turned off in your workbook.

To fix:
Excel 2003:
Click the radio button for "Automatic" then click OK

Excel 2007:
Click the Office Button, then click "Excel Options" button on bottom
Click Formulas on left
Under Calculation options, click the radio button for "Automatic" then click OK.

-Glenn
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