Keep rules & formatting intact when data is copied to cells [Closed]

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Hi,

I have an excel sheet made with few rules and formatting for cells but many times I have the requirement to copy values to these cells from textpad or notepad or different excel sheet. When I do that, the existing rules & formatting of the cells is not getting applied to these copied values. It seems to be getting applied only when I key-in the values. Did anyone faced this issue and have some solution? Please help me if you know.

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Hi Rchandran,

Right-click the destination cell and choose "Paste special". Here you can choose to only paste the values. This will let you keep the format of the destination cell.

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Thank You TrowaD! Point is I will have many users who may copy data into this excel and they may or may not use paste special. Is there an option wherein I can lock the rules and formatting and users can copy however they want?
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When you lock the format of a cell the contents are also locked and therefore pasting won't work.

A workaround could be to re-apply the format after every change made. Could you let me know how your sheets colour layout is (like column A = green, cell D5 = yellow etc.)?

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