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Good day Aidan

I've created a Word 2010 template to manage accommodation bookings. At the moment I've inserted an Excel spreadsheet as an object into this document into which No. of days and tariffs are entered. The formulas in the spreadsheet then calculate totals, deposits and balances. However, the spreadsheet embedded as an object, doesn't display as well in the MS Word doc as I would like it to. The size and appearance of the fonts are slightly different than those of the rest of the document, thus looking like an afterthought. I would therefore, prefer to use an MS Word table instead but in a table, the formulas only seem to display a calculation result at the time that they are created. They fail to update calculation results automatically when used as part of a template. Can this be done somehow? Alternatively, do you have any other suggestions? (Although using Excel documents exclusively instead of combinations of Word/Excel like indicated above, might also be an option, the aesthetic design limitations of Excel, as a result of its rigid cell structure, presents a problem).

Nico Smith.

Formulas in Word will update when told to - so ctrl A, F9 would do it, as would a print instruction - but I agree that this isn't ideal.  You mentioned that this is a template - if it is what I would define as a template (i.e standard text is loaded and new data added every time you want to use the form) then I would do this by the use of VBA and a userForm - this form would gather the necessary data, do the necessary calculations and populate the document -that way, you get the benefits of the Word layout and you don't have the calculation issues.

I don't have an example of a complex template online but I do have a basic userform example - which gives you a basic idea of what I'm referring to - more than happy to help further and my email is
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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions of Word from 2 onwards

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