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Chapter 3. Editing Worksheets > Copying with Copy & Paste

Copying with Copy & Paste

The Copy and Paste commands in Excel work very much the way they do in other applications. Begin by selecting the source cells and copying them to the Clipboard. Then select the destination cells and paste the Clipboard contents in.

To copy with Copy & Paste

1.
Select the cell(s) you want to copy (Figure 24).

Figure 24. Begin by selecting the cell(s) you want to copy.


2.
Choose Edit > Copy (Figure 13), press , or click the Copy button on the Standard toolbar .

An animated marquee appears around the selection (Figure 25).

Figure 25. A marquee appears around the selection when it has been copied to the Clipboard.


3.
Select the cell(s) in which you want to paste the selection (Figure 26). If more than one cell has been copied, you can select either the first cell of the destination range or the entire range.

Figure 26. Select the destination cell(s).


4.
Choose Edit > Paste (Figure 27), press or , or click the Paste button on the Standard toolbar.

Figure 27. The Edit menu with the Paste command available. The Paste command is only available when something has been cut or copied to the Clipboard.


The originally selected cells are copied to the new location (Figure 28).

Figure 28. The contents of the copied cells appear in the destination cells.



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