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Dear experts,

I know in Excel we can input a user name into the field, so that if UserA has a spreadsheet opened the others can see who is in it. I know how to set that too. My question is, how reliable is it?

We have an excel spreadsheet which almost everyone will need to edit. I am sure majority of people has insert their name correctly in that user field, but still majority of time Excel failed to display the correct name as it only shows the spreadsheet is opened by "."!! Will the different edition/version of excel affect this function? I mean, we have a mixture of Excel 2007 and 2010 and the spreadsheet was originally created using Excel 2000. The spreadsheet is stored in a network drive where everyone can access.

Is there anything I can do in Excel to ensure it displays user name correctly? If not in excel, any third party product?

Thx in advance for any suggestion. We are operating in a Win 2003 network but I don't think this matters?
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The Excel Username field is user managed.  A user can always change this from within Excel.  If you trust that users will not change this, then you have several options:

You could use a login script to set the appropriate registry key, for Office 2007 look here:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Common\UserInfo

For Office 2003 here:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\UserInfo\UserName

You could also consider using Group Policy, information for which you will find here (atleast to get you started):  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179057(v=office.12).aspx

As you have such a large mix of Excel versions, you're going to need to do something quite  specific for each installation and I suspect this is going to take a bit of testing, especially if you have multiple people sharing a machine...
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