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Hi there,

I need to have hover text in my spreadsheet as the whole spreadsheet is very huge.

For example, If the user moves the mouse to a range of cells for example, cell A2 which contains a code (NOVO1), a hover text will appear with the description (apple), if code (NOVO2), the hover text is (Orange).

Any one can help me on this?

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