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One Sheet For Data Entry And One For Production Schedule

I inherited a ghastly file and have moderate experience, but not with many issues. Questions are in two part.

1st- Main issue, trying to convince colleagues to use Access for this purpose or any other database and link the Excel file if they want. They are very attached emotionally to this file.
How do I help them get over this? I've showed them easy to use formats, etc. They all just look at me and slowly nod their head, but they aren't really with me at all.

2nd- The file is misaligned and I only can add tabs to view things how I think they should be viewed for others. It's catching on a little, but not utilized to its full capacity.

The file is used for production, shipping, and (now) tracking- however not for normal static production of tangible goods, it's a biotech company, items perish and it's hard to forecast, etc. This is the only form of data entry as well. Might I add, they take this information and create invoices and packing slips from ACT!

Anyway, the file is set up using blank rows to divide each product, rather than columns. They really like this. However, they enjoy their time scrolling up and down. I did create a file for them to select the time frame or product, etc. I think me and the President use it, but everyone else just goes a little weird with it.

One of my questions is:
Can I create a data entry sheet and keep their format for the production and shipping in their same format?

I can send a copy if it's allowed in the message boards, so people can see it.

Thank you.

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