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    Cool Inserting variable data into a text string

    Am using Excel 2010. I have a line of text, into which I want to insert a spot saying something like "insert date here", which would allow the user to simply click there and enter data of any length or number of characters. Can't seem to find a way to do it. Can it be done?

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    Re: Inserting variable data into a text string

    Not AFAIK. You could maybe have a separate column for user input and combine that in the original column ... ="start text " & A1 & " end text" where A1 is the user input. You can then put what you wish in cell A1.

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    Re: Inserting variable data into a text string

    you can play around with conditional format a bit
    say you want a text string entered in a1
    create a custom format of say including quotes "please enter name here"
    in conditional format choose us a formula option and make a rule =isnumber(a1) pick your custom format and pick a suitable font. apply
    now type 1 in a1 the message will appear until overtyped with text
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    Re: Inserting variable data into a text string

    Martin...very very slick, i tried to give you a star but it wouldnt let me
    1. Use code tags for VBA. [code] Your Code [/code] (or use the # button)
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