today and haven’t closed Excel since then, even though you’ve opened and closed 40 other workbooks and are working on something completely different, Excel will remember that previous setting.
You will often get stung by a strange setting left behind earlier in the day, or even a setting changed when a macro tried to use the Find command with Match Entire Cell Contents turned on.
Ideally, you should keep the consolidation process simple by opening all spreadsheets to be merged in the same workbook. Click the “Function” drop-down box, and then click “Sum” if you just want to replicate the original data in the master sheet.
You can also click another function to perform a calculation on the data as the sheets are merged. Click the “Browse” button and navigate to the workbook containing the first spreadsheet to merge -- this is necessary only if the spreadsheet is in a different workbook.
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The program operates on data entered in cells of a table.
So why can’t Excel see the 1354.80 value in the figure?
In the figure below, the mouse pointer is showing the value that Excel says is not actually there. If you tried Find without changing Formulas to Values, it will not find .81.Click the file, and then click “OK.” The file path is added to cell references for the merge.This is why having all spreadsheets open in a single workbook simplifies the process.The Consolidate Data wizard enables you to merge data by cell position or by category name.If all of the spreadsheets use the same category headings, you can merge data by category name regardless of where the categories and data are located on the spreadsheets.