Keyboard shortcuts for Paste Special options

If you want to paste only a specific aspect of the copied data like its formatting or value, you would use one of the Paste Special options. After you’ve copied the data, press Ctrl+Alt+V, or Alt+E+S to open the Paste Special dialog.

Paste Special Dialog box

Tip:  You can also click Home > Paste > Paste Special.

To pick an option, press the underlined letter for that option. For example, press the letter C to pick the Comments option.

Pick this option


Keyboard shortcut


Paste all cell contents and formatting.

Press A


Paste only the formulas as entered in the formula bar.

Press F


Paste only the values (not the formulas).

Press V


Paste only the copied formatting.

Press T


Paste only comments attached to the cell.

Press C


Paste only the data validation settings from copied cells.

Press N

All using Source theme

Paste all cell contents and formatting from copied cells.

Press H

All except borders

Paste all cell contents without borders.

Press X

Column widths

Paste only column widths from copied cells.

Press W

Formulas and number formats

Paste only formulas and number formats from copied cells.

Press R

Values and number formats

Paste only the values (not formulas) and number formats from copied cells.

Press U

More on keyboard shortcuts

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