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I’m merging data from Excel 2010 into Word 2010.  The Word document is bilingual; (English/Spanish). Is there a way to use the same exact excel cell data such as “Thursday, November 13, 2014” and have it appear in the English portion of the document as “Thursday, November 13, 2014”, but in the Spanish portion of the letter edit the merge field so displays as “Jueves, 13 de noviembre 2014”, but remain dynamic in case the date in the excel document changes, which it will.  I tried poking around in the properties/options of the merge field in the Spanish section of the document but didn’t find a way to what I’m describing. I'm trying to avoid creating another column in excel with the same dates but in spanish just to acomodate this need.

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Excel stores the date as a serial number, so in merges you would usually need to use formatting switches to ensure you had the right text appearing - as long as the language of the two areas is set correctly, the switches should then work fine.  You can get the formatting switches by inserting a date field.  HOpefully this makes sense, but do let me know if it needs further explanation.
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