paste - keep source formatting (w) option

lezawang

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Hello
I want to copy cell A1 to H1. So I copy cell A1 and went to paste it in cell H1. I saw the option "Keep source formatting".
Why we have this option? Cell A1 formatting will take over anyway if I paste it in H1, no matter how I formatted H1, A1 will take over? so this option is not necessary.

Also why these Paste options have different letters? this one has "W"

Thank you
 

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Paul Ked

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Why don't you try it and see for yourself? Type a formula in a cell, change the font, cell size, back and fore colours. Copy it. Select another cell on the right hand side of the sheet (so you can see it during next step) , select the Arrow below the Paste icon on the home ribbon and hover over the different options to preview the paste.

They are all there for a reason, and they all paste in different ways.

The letters are shortcuts. Incidentally, W is to keep column widths.
 

lezawang

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Thanks for your reply. What I meant is that, I do not see any differences between "Paste (P)" and "Keep the source formatting (K)"
Thank you.
 

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