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kmartin500
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I am merging text from two columns. The merge was successful, but I want to use only the merged text and delete the other two columns. I get #REF errors because the original text was removed. Is there a way to lock in the merged column that will allow me to paste in new location? Thanks!

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Hello @kmartin500,

 

If you highlight the merged column you can press Ctrl+C, then Ctrl+V, then Ctrl, then V. This will paste the references as values. After doing this, when you delete the original two columns you should not receive a #REF error.

@kmartin500 

In that case you should convert your formulas into Values before deleting the columns referenced in the formula. To do that follow these steps...

 

  1. Copy all your formula cells and press Ctrl+C to copy them.
  2. While all the cells are still selected, right click on any of the selected cells and click on paste icon with 123 over it. Refer to the image below.
  3. Or after copying the cells in the first step, press the key combination Alt, e, s, v and hit Enter.

PasteAsValues.jpg

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