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Full Path Names in Excel

Excel stores full path names in a number of different places. The most obvious is the Name Box, which displays the full path name of the active cell. The Name Box is located to the left of the Formula Bar and above the worksheet tabs. If you click on the Name Box, it will display the full path name of the active cell.

The second place Excel stores full path names is in the cell itself. If you click on a cell, the full path name of that cell is displayed in the formula bar. This is useful if you want to see what cells are referenced in a formula.

The third place Excel stores full path names is in the workbook file itself. When you save a workbook, Excel saves the full path name of each cell in the workbook. This information is used when you open the workbook again so that Excel can correctly display all of the cells that were referenced in formulas.

You can also find full path names in Excel by using the Find and Replace feature. To do this, click on the Home tab and then click on Find & Select in the Editing group. Then click on Replace from the drop-down menu. In the Find what field, type * followed by : (colon). This will find all cells that contain a colon character. In the Replace with field, type ? followed by : (colon). This will replace all colons with question marks.

After you have done this, click on the Options button and make sure that Match entire cell contents is checked. Then click on Replace All. This will replace all instances of colons with question marks throughout your workbook. You can then use this technique to find other characters such as backslashes or periods.

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