Clear persistent Excel copy highlighting if trying to paste from another application
The current Excel copy/paste behavior is acceptable (not great, but I can live with it) when within Excel. But it gets really annoying when working between Excel and another application. If I copy something out of Excel to paste in application 2, then copy something from application 2 to paste back in Excel, it is utterly maddening that the paste is blocked because the data I copied from Excel is still highlighted and overriding the Windows clipboard. And if I press Esc to clear the highlight, I still can't paste from application 2 because now there's nothing in the Windows clipboard either. So now I have to go back to application 2, copy AGAIN, go back to Excel, and this time successfully paste.
This is an insane workflow. It is disruptive, not productive. Ideally Excel should compare the timestamps of when something was copied in Excel vs. when it was copied to the Windows clipboard, and if the contents in the Windows clipboard are newer, use that instead of whatever is still copied in Excel.
Because under what circumstances would I EVER want to use what I still have selected in Excel over what I had just copied elsewhere?