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I am using Office 2007 on Windows 7 32bit. I have been using Mail merge function to create documents in Word with Excel databases including numeric format switches such as \# $#,##0.00 and \*CardText. Everything worked well until recently when I downloaded a Invoice template from Microsoft and tried to created invoices using mail merge with an Excel database. The numeric picture switches dont work. All numbers come across as text and cannot be formatted. Its not just this document, but all other documents which I was using previously.
Obviously there is a problem with the way the data connection works between Word and Excel, but I can't find an explanation or a solution.
The closest I can to understanding the problem was at Peter Jamieson's site http://tips.pjmsn.me.uk/.
Any advice for me ?
Thanks







http://tips.pjmsn.me.uk/t0003.htm

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It looks like this may be a nasty bug in mail merge - your link gave some useful background, but this link http://www.udel.edu/topics/word2007/ suggests that you should use DDE to do the merge - luckily it explains how.  I MIGHT be inclined to save my merge data as a csv file or something first and see if that solves it - I have noticed that merge (which used to be so well behaved in much earlier versions of Word) has been getting more and more problematic with each new release - possibly related to Microsoft making merge rely more on long winded Wizards (I used to say merge was as easy as 1-2-3 - because back in the day (!) there were just three steps on the wizard!)
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