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Please help this is driving me mad!

The problem is, I do go to blanks and loads of seemingly blank cells are not highlighted. The cells previously contained formulas which are no longer present (I copy/paste special'd)

In the blank cells which are not highlighted there are no spaces. If I say 'text-to-columns, format general' nothing happens, however if I double-click in each troublesome cell they get picked up as being blank.

I also tried copy/paste multiply to no avail.

Any ideas appreciated.



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