Larry, if there is an easy way and a hard way to do something, Microsoft
seems to always choose the hard way. For this same name & address file I
must print labels. That involves creating a special file with Excel, then
using Word and Mail-Merge to format and print the labels.
The MS Help instructions are something like 9 pages long and contain several
serious errors in the procedures. After struggling with it for several
months I finally made a detailed procedure, customized for my particular
situation, and with check-off boxes for each step. Now I can do the job
each month in 5 or 10 minutes, instead of an hour filled with errors and
PC-FILE and dBase would print labels with just a few clicks.
Because you are comparing a spread sheet to databases.
Spreadsheets do some things well. But they are NOT databases.
PC-FILE and dBase are databases and do what databases do. And keeping names and addresses and doing labels is DATABASE work.
Yes, you can do such things in Excel, but that is not what it is designed to do well. Spreadsheets do complex calculations well, databases do not.