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I am using mail merge to bring data from an Excel spreadsheet into a Word document. I can do it all OK, but when I merge a number from Excel which is formatted as 3 decimal places, it merges in the Word document as a number with about 12 decimal places! What am I doing wrong?
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by:Rob Henson
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The Word document is pulling the raw value of the number and not the formatted version.

Easiest solution is probably to insert a column in to the Excel sheet and enter a formula rounding the value to 3 decimal places as required and then merge on that field instead.

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Rob H
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by:Santosh Gupta
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OR, click on any value see if its showing 12 deciamal points, then select row, right click and go to "format Cell" and select appropriate format for number.
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by:BlosMusic
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Hi Rob, Hi Santosh,
No, I've already done that: the cells with the numbers I am merging are already formatted to 3 d.p., and I've also copied the original cells to another cell, made that cell a 3 d.p. format, and then even copied that number to the cell I'm merging - none of that works: I still end up with a 15 or 16 (not 12 - I miscounted!) d.p. merged field in my Word doc.
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by:Santosh Gupta
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what is the extention of excel file ??

xls, xlsx or csvd somting.
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Santosh Gupta earned 2000 total points
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i checked with all extentions, problem is else.

Please try to change the number format of data

=TEXT(A2,"0.000")

to fix the issue.
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by:BlosMusic
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Good man! That works perfectly. Thanks very much!
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by:Rob Henson
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I suggested sorting the number by formula not by formatting or copying. Using ROUND formula would do same as converting to text.
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by:BlosMusic
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That works too. Thanks both.
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by:BlosMusic
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I did thank everyone. This solution worked. I'm not really clear about what is meant by 'abandoning' the question. I find the system for closing something off (and awarding points or whatever you do) very opaque!
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by:Martin Liss
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.
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