Excel – How to copy the contents only of an Excel cell minus the formatting

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When I copy a cell using Ctrl + Insert and paste it elsewhere in the worksheet, the formatting is also carried along (such as the cell borders, etc). Is there a shortcut to copy only the contents minus any formatting?

Best Answer

  • You can use Paste Special (in the edit menu) to specify exactly what should and should not be pasted.

    If you have Excel 2007 or later, pasting normally (Ctrl+V) also works; a dropdown box then appears with options to paste without formatting, etc. You can then click the menu or press Ctrl to open it and select options.

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