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Formatted telephone number losing format from Excel to Word in mail merge

I have an excel file which I have formatted the phone numbers to:
(800) 111-1111.  When I merge the file into WORD, the formatting is lost.
I get 8001111111.  What can I do to keep the formatting.

I am using special - phone formattig in Excel
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morinia
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dollar4billCommented:
What versions of Excel and Word are you using? I believe in 2007 or newer you can paste special and that should keep the formatting.
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moriniaAdvanced Analytics AnalystAuthor Commented:
I am using WORD 2010 and Excel 2010.  I am bringing the phone number in as a merge field from the Excel spreadsheet.
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Saqib Husain, SyedEngineerCommented:
Use this formula in a new cell/column

=TEXT(A1,"[<=9999999]###-####;(###) ###-####")

and hide the previous cell/column.
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