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    Word Tables not Summing (Word 2000, Windows NT)

    Hi All,

    Have a user who is using tables in word to sum and sort information. One day "out of the blue" these features stopped working.

    She needs to be able to sort according to the first column. When we use the Sort feature through the Tables Menu, it does not sort correctly. Any ideas?

    Next, she needs to be able to sum the numbers in the final column. When she uses the Formula feature from the Tables Menu, she receives "!Invalid Character Settings" as the response.

    We have tried changing the List Separator on the Numbers tab of the Regional Settings dialogue box. Originally it was a comma. According to Microsoft's Knowledge Base, changing it to a semi-colon should fix the problem. But it didn't.

    PLEASE let me know if you have any ideas...I'm going crazy with this woman. Please do not suggest she use Excel, believe me when I tell you I've been trying to sell that to her from the beginning.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Word Tables not Summing (Word 2000, Windows NT)

    I've not personally met the issue but does this occur for every table, or for a single specific table?
    Does it occur in only her version of Word or others as well?

    If its a for only a single table I'd suspect non-normal charcaters and look for formating or inserts that are out of the ordinary.

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    Re: Word Tables not Summing (Word 2000, Windows NT)

    This problem seems to occur for all new tables and if you try to re-apply the formula to new tables.

    Other efforts to fix the problem: we upgraded her from 97 to 2000 - didn't fix the problem; we deleted and recreated her profile on the network - didn't fix.

    Any other ideas?

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    Re: Word Tables not Summing (Word 2000, Windows NT)

    Hi Meredith,
    If you could attach an extract from the offending document containing an errant table, it would be easier to diagnose the problem. Of course, sanitize the table if you need to, so long as you don't change its behavoiur.
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    Paul Edstein
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