Maintain copied data on the clipboard even if the "dancing ants" aren't shown around the copied range (Copy-paste clipboard persistence)
If I copy [ctrl-c] a cell, then type in another cell, then try pasting, no result. No paste. It would be nice if Excel would maintain the copied data on the clipboard even after the dancing ants no longer appeared, so that I could paste that data.
(2015-11-05 Dan [MS] - updated idea title and description to be clearer)
Starting with the Excel release available in June, Excel “Keeps” your copy longer. You can Copy your cells, and before you paste, you can still do other tasks like typing or inserting cells.
Based on customer feedback, the dotted “Marquee” stay active for much longer so that you can type, add formatting or many other things before the paste operation. We also made both the “Insert” and “Insert Copied Cells” commands available after the copy operation. Now, if you are copying data to another worksheet, only to realize you need more room, you can insert a variable number of cells and then paste without having to re-copy the original range!
If you want the Marquee to disappear, you can use the ENTER key to perform the paste operation, or after the paste, you can press the ESC key to cancel the copy.
Someone Anonymous commented
This is so incredibly annoying and unacceptable from Microsoft!
I frequently copy cells to paste into the filename when saving. Do you know how many time my finger clicks 'save' instead of 'save as' and while I'm presented with the 'save as' dialog box either way....my clipboard data is cleared when I've accidentally clicked on 'save'. This is really really stupid!
Morgan Grobin commented
This is still a problem in current versions, it is not "completed"
Michael Crouch commented
Please re-open this. It's still a problem with current versions.
I need to prevent Excel from managing my clipboard.
When I place some info there, I want it there. I don't want excel to remove it.
Kyle Sweet commented
Clipboard should NOT be cleared when escape key is pressed. It should behave like every other program - clipboard is only cleared when a new copy command is executed.
Soooooooo, is this an old thread? Has this issue been fixed? I'm pulling my hair out with same problem now. Is there anything with the same functionality as excel but better? Tired of f......king around -
After looking through the forums and external, I think I will have to give up and uninstall office 365 so I can get Excel 2013 installed again..
This is Still a bug in Office 365 - I can not copy over the contents of the Excel clipboard from an external program to paste into excel without clicking esc every time!! EVERY GOD D@#^3) Time!!!! PLEASE! The feature is good, but the implemenetaion is flawed.
This is Still a bug in Office 365 - I can not copy over the contents of the Excel clipboard from an external program to paste into excel without clicking esc every time!! EVERY GOD D@#^3) Time!!!! PLEASE! The feature is good, but the implementation is flawed.
This is a terrible "feature". This is short-sighted in that it expects you to work only in Excel. If I copy something in Excel and then do what I want with it (e.g., paste somewhere else) that works fine. If however I then copy something else from another program (e.g., maybe from Word), it does not directly paste into Excel because you're "keeping the copy". I understand the workaround but strongly prefer the "old" behavior. Please note also that my edits may have caused the range with the "dancing ants" to no longer be visible so there's no indication that Excel is indeed still keeping the copy.
I believe I understand the intention but do suggest that if you copy something, then before pasting it realize that you want to apply formatting somewhere else, well I suggest you've got bigger workflow problems than this feature can really help you with. This "benefit" does not outweigh the fact that I can't copy from other applications as was previously possible.
Pressing Esc is also a terrible solution because although it will indeed "clear the copy" in Excel, it will also clear the item I've just copied from the other application. This means I have to go back to the other application and copy it again. This is poorly conceived.
Rob W. commented
In Microsoft Excel 2016 (16.0.4639.1000) 32-bit, I'm not seeing this fix - hopefully will in the future. Any edit in Excel instantly clears the clipboard - that's dumb; I don't know any other application that works that way!
Also, the Office clipboard is broken -after adding multiple items, clicking on any of them will paste only the last one. However, it is is workaround to the issue under discussion, albeit a cumbersome one. . .
I think I totally misunderstood these comments. Why does anyone ever want to clear the clipboard? The next copy will overwrite it. What is frustrating is when I copy a column, insert a new column to put the data in and find that Excel has erased my clipboard, while I was inserting a column.
John McCallum commented
This was NOT "completed," or was only done so in a haphazard manner. Excel continues to eat clipboard data. I have Office 365 with the latest updates (October 2018)
PLEASE ALLOW OPTION TO DISABLE!
HATE THIS FEATURE, BEEN TORTURED FOR LONG ENOUGH!! AND SOMETIMES IT WON"T CLEAR AT ALL!!
I HATE THIS. Why can't the info stay on the clipboard and have a different notification (THAT DOES NOT ILLUMINATE ON THE SPREADSHEET) If that is too complicated give me the option to remove that feature!!!!!!!
Annoyed User commented
HATE THIS FEATURE. PLEASE GIVE OPTION TO DISABLE.
I HATE this feature. Seriously, just because a few people want to keep their copies, it is preemptive to roll out a feature that effects every user without the option to disable it. I don't want to hit esc everytime I copy and I use the keyboard shortcuts all day long.
PLEASE remove this option, or allow users to customize their applications. I have used Excel for 20+ years, and I am super annoyed.
SEUMAS MACLAREN commented
Great news. Thank you Excel team. But we need to make this optional in the Tools OPTIONS menu of settings. I think the main problem now is user acceptance.. once again!
We need some good publicity on it. I think this would be IDEALLY offered as news items for optional viewing, when, for example, logging in to Office, or simply starting Excel. A lot of old office software such as Publisher use to have the most useful tips and reminders available which one could review at will. Let's get the acceptance up. Next job: Fix the workbook shared paste buffer problem.
I agree with other comments here, the copy & paste functions have become a nightmare. You have to hit "escape" multiple times to clear the clipboard of something you no longer need to paste. This is extremely frustrating when you're working in Excel all day.
If you have multiple excel files open it's even worse because now it seems to think you're still in the file you copied from, when you're not, and it won't let you do ANYTHING as long as it's holding the copied items.
This is horrible, I'm pulling my hair every 5 minutes, when adding a row or a column takes forever, because excel wants to paste something I have copied an hour ago. This makes using excel totally frustrating, as I have to start pressing esc all the time. And FYI, using ENTER as a pasting method does not work if you want to use some special paste, so that's next to nothing for "real" excel users. I also hated the fact that I used 15 minutes to go through options to find how to turn this off (because OF COURSE it must be possible to turn of this kind of idiotic function) and then another 30 minutes to google around just to find out I should really start testing if I could do my work with google sheets just because this kind of stupid "fixes" make using excel inconvenient and frustrating. I am so angry. Almost as angry as I found that importing text from csv with import wizard had been "hidden" and was extremely hard to find.