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    Merge and Center (Excel 00)

    I have a spreadsheet that has one column for first name and another column for last name, MD. I'm trying to merge and center these and I keep getting an error message that says the cells contain multiple data values and that the operation will only keep the upper leftmost data. I can't seem to figure this out.

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    Re: Merge and Center (Excel 00)

    Merge and center merges the cells into 1 cell. It does not merge the cell contents. If A1 and B1 are merged, B1 is "lost" and only A1 survives. If B1 has something in it excel warns you.

    The best best would be in C1 for example to create A1&B1 then copy it down the rows then copy and paste special values col C to Col A. Then you can remove B and C (change your columns as appropriate)

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    Re: Merge and Center (Excel 00)

    You'll have to do it another way. Say that the first names are in column A and the last names in column B.
    In C1, enter the formula <code>=A1&" "&B1</code> and fill down as far as needed.
    You can keep the formulas if you like, and hide columns A and B.
    Or you can copy the cells in column C to the clipboard, then (without changing the selection), select Edit | Paste Special..., click the Values option and click OK. This replaces the formulas by their results. You can now delete columns A and B.

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    Re: Merge and Center (Excel 00)

    Ah, yes. I've done this before, now I remember.

    Thanks both,

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