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Paste Special when copying from Excel

Use the Paste Special dialog box to copy complex items from a Microsoft Office Excel worksheet and paste them into the same worksheet or another Excel worksheet using only specific attributes of the copied data, or a mathematical operation that you want to apply to the copied data.

To see the Paste Special dialog box, copy the items and then click Paste > Paste Special.

Paste Special dialog box

Paste

Select an option to indicate how you want copied data to be pasted.

Paste option

Action

All

Pastes all cell contents and formatting of the copied data.

Formulas

Pastes only the formulas of the copied data as entered in the formula bar.

Values

Pastes only the values of the copied data as displayed in the cells.

Formats

Pastes only cell formatting of the copied data.

Comments

Pastes only comments attached to the copied cell.

Validation

Pastes data validation rules for the copied cells to the paste area.

All using Source theme

Pastes all cell contents in the document theme formatting that is applied to the copied data.

All except borders

Pastes all cell contents and formatting applied to the copied cell except borders.

Column widths

Pastes the width of one copied column or range of columns to another column or range of columns.

Formulas and number formats

Pastes only formulas and all number formatting options from the copied cells.

Values and number formats

Pastes only values and all number formatting options from the copied cells.

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Mathematical Operation

Specify which mathematical operation, if any, that you want to apply to the copied data.

Operation

Action

None

Specifies that no mathematical operation will be applied to the copied data.

Add

Specifies that the copied data will be added to the data in the destination cell or range of cells.

Subtract

Specifies that the copied data will be subtracted from the data in the destination cell or range of cells.

Multiply

Specifies that the copied data will be multiplied with the data in the destination cell or range of cells.

Divide

Specifies that the copied data will be divided by the data in the destination cell or range of cells.

Skip blanks

Avoids replacing values in your paste area when blank cells occur in the copy area when you select this check box.

Transpose

Changes columns of copied data to rows and vice versa when you select this check box.

Paste Link

Links the pasted data on the active worksheet to the copied data.

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