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Selected as an Excel MVP by Microsoft since 1999. Answering Excel questions in Allexperts since its inception in 2001. Able to answer questions on almost all aspects of Excel's internal capabilities. If seeking a VBA solution, please specify that in your question itself so I give you the answer you want. [Excel has weak protection - if you are distributing an application, I don't answer questions on how to protect your project from your users.]

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Master of Science (MS) degree Operations Research (ORSA)

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2017-01-19 Secondary drop down lists:

Bill,    If I was going to give you an answer, it would be the one you describe.     This approach is documented at Debra Dalgleish's site      http://www.contextures.com/tiptech.html    go to data validation

2017-01-19 Excel - Print 1 copy different:

Martin Cadwallader,    If you want all the copies to be identical except one copy to have additional information in one of the cells, you would need to print out twice.  One with 10 copies and no additional

2017-01-16 absolute references in structured references:

Bill,    As a test    =Database[[#Headers][Type]]  remained the same if I copied and pasted it to cells to the right  (or selected the cell for the formula and multiple cells to the right, entered the

2017-01-16 blank cells vba:

Dave,    If the cells are actually blank then     Range("A1:N50").specialcells(xlBlanks).Value = "X"    this is equivalent to selecting A1:N50, then hitting F5 to get the goto dialog, selecting special

2017-01-15 headers retain old values:

Bill:    s = "Parts to be ordered for PO #" & ActiveSheet.Range("C2").Text    builds a text string like this:   "Parts to be ordered for PO #1234"  which is assigned to the variable s.  (this assumes C2


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