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Display the Paste Special dialog box

Windows shortcut 
CtrlAltV
Mac shortcut 
V

Use this shortcut to display the Paste Special dialog box. Paste Special is the gateway into many powerful operations, including paste Values, which you probably use every day. Note that this shortcut only works when data has been copied to the clipboard.

On Windows, once you have the Paste Special Dialog open, you can type a letter to select the particular command you want, for example:

  • F = Formula
  • V = Values
  • T = Formats
  • C = Comments
  • N = Validation
  • H = All using source theme
  • X = All except borders
  • W = Column widths
  • R = Formulas and number formats
  • U = Values and number formats
  • D = Add
  • S = Subtract
  • M = Multiply
  • I = Divide
  • B = Skip blanks
  • E = Transpose

Related videos

The videos below demonstrate this shortcut.
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This video shows how you can replace formulas with the results they return, a useful way to stop Excel from calculating new results.
In this video, we'll look at how to create a pie chart in Excel. Pie charts show a "part to whole" relationship, and they work best with a limited number of categories.
In this video, we'll look at how to use the HLOOKUP function. HLOOKUP works like VLOOKUP, but is meant for data in a horizontal arrangement.