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May 7, 2009

Publisher's Note
A recent United States Postal Service states that 98 percent of consumers bring their mail in each day, and that 77 percent of customers sort through and organize their mail immediately.† As with most self-produced surveys, these results strike me as being a bit inflated.† However, it makes me think of how accountants treat their mail during busy season.† For those immersed in the rigors of the January-April tax season, Iíve heard tales of some accountants amassing Paul Bunyan-like stacks of mail.† Do you have any tales to share on this subject?

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Working around #N/A

An #N/A (missing data) populates a vlookup answer cell if the information is not found in the lookup table for an exact match (and I don't want to use a fuzzy TRUE match). This error message (the #N/A) prevents that cell from being useable (columns won't add and I haven't figured out how to eliminate it with IF statements buried in the vlookup statement either). Any suggestions how to work around this dreaded missing data issue?

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Merging Cells in MS Excel 2003

I am in the process of organizing some meeting notes using MS Excel 2003. I am using the merge cell function for my type- written notes. The problem I am having is the spreadsheet does not show the full text that I have typed in. I have utilized the autofit row height function with no luck. Can someone help me figure out how to get the full text to show on the spreadsheet?
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