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Who do I identify cells that contain special characters in an excel worksheet

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I queried a database and need to identify records that contain special characters (anything other than alpha or numeric.)  I would like an X to be inserted in column A if any cell on that row contains a special character. I would also like the cell that contains the special character to be marked in some way (highlighted) or test is bold red, etc.
I have uploaded the file.  What would work best for this situation?
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assuming your data do not have spaces.

you can use this formula in the condtional formatting.

=SUMPRODUCT((CODE(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))<48)*(CODE(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))<>45))+SUMPRODUCT((CODE(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))>57)*(CODE(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))<65))+SUMPRODUCT((CODE(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))>90)*(CODE(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))<97)*(CODE(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))<>95))+SUMPRODUCT((CODE(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))>122)*1)


see attached file
Book1.xlsx
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My data does have spaces..  see attached.
H--Documents-ODBC-PR-Check-Employee-Addr
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see the attached macro enabled file.
EE.xls
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Perfect solution!
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