I think I’m not being clear: The excel stuff is through a mail-merge. I don’t manually go into excel and select cells.
(edit: so here’s the setup)
I have a list of people who I send letters to. Occasionally, I tweak the letter according to the recipient (in a way outside of the mail merge labels, like adding a new paragraph or whatever). For record-keeping purposes, I want to keep a copy of the exact letter I send to the recipient. If I Save a new copy of the mail merge, that would work, except that that new copy will have the mail merge fields in them and is thus, not truly a static copy of what was sent (plus, it aggravates me when Word asks me if it’s ok to import contacts into this new document).
I’ve been solving this by printing each individualized-yet-mail-merged document to Adobe PDF - the PDF is thus an exact replica of the sent letter. However, copying and pasting PDF text doesn’t work well - it especially interprets soft returns as hard returns. So, I want to be able to have a non-form-field word document, but with the form fields filled in.
If I was making slight changes to a graphic in Adobe photoshop, I could continually flatten the image, save it as a new file, and then close the original document without saving. Then, i would have my original graphic where i could easily tweak layers and customize them, but i would also have an additional “complete” file that wouldn’t have layers to so easily change.