We are creating an Excel spreadsheet that the user can download. The spreadsheet is created from a query to an Access database and the download works just fine.<BR><BR>Once on the users desktop the spreadsheet opens fine and looks perfectly normal in Excel.<BR><BR>The whole purpose of this download is to let the user do a Word mail merge with the data in the spreadsheet. In using the mail merge in Word when you select the downloaded spreadsheet as the data source it throws and error "External table not in the expected format" If you cancel out th error the rest of the mail merge works as designed.<BR><BR>Has anyone ever run into this error with Excel? The KB article that refers to this error has to do with using a text file as the data source and not Excel. A google search turns up nada.<BR><BR>Any help?