Tuesday Tip: Excel Paste Special

by Tony Rushin

Have you ever done a copy/paste and ended up with unwanted formulas or formatting? Paste Special is a way to get around that. If you’ve never used Paste Special, here’s a short video (less than 2 minutes long) that can quickly orient you.

Paste Special is found at the bottom of the drop down window that opens when you click on the Paste tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the options you have when you open it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who use shortcut keys, you can open Paste Special with Ctrl+Alt+V or Alt+E+S.

Many times, when I export information out of a cloud-based application, the numbers come over as text fields: Paste Special can fix this in a jiffy. In other cases, I want to copy the formula – or the value – but don’t want to mess with the formatting: Paste Special saves me from having to reformat after I paste. Those are my two biggest reasons for using Paste Special. For more advanced uses of Paste Special, here’s a great video I found that shows several Paste Special tricks… and the guy has a cool British accent.


Tony Rushin

Spending 30 years in high-technology sales & marketing, from IBM to start-ups, Tony brings his broad experience in business development, marketing and IT business strategy to Network 1’s leadership team, clients and partners. His passion is to help people achieve greatness, however they define it. 

trushin@network1consulting.com or 404.997.7633

Network 1 Consulting is a 21-year-oldIT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms, medical practices and real estate & construction companies. Our IT experts can fix computers, but what our clients value most are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

 

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