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i have two excel files, one that has formulas and one that uses raw values.
I need to copy the values from the first sheet to the second one and use
Paste Special and Values. However, sometimes the normal Paste Special box
does not appear, but another box that says Paste/Paste link with the options
of "text" or "Unicode text" appears.

Does anyone know what that happens???
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Yes, this happens because the destination cell(s) have a different format than the source cell(s). When you copy and paste values from one sheet to another, Excel tries to match the format of the source cell(s) with the destination cell(s). If the formats don't match, Excel may offer you different paste options, such as "text" or "Unicode text".

To avoid this, you can try changing the format of the destination cell(s) to match the format of the source cell(s) before pasting. Here's how:
  1. Select the destination cell(s) where you want to paste the values.
  2. Press Ctrl+1 to open the Format Cells dialog box.
  3. In the Number tab, select the same format as the source cell(s). For example, if the source cell(s) are formatted as "General", select "General" in the Number tab.
  4. Click OK to close the dialog box.
  5. Now you can copy and paste the values from the source sheet to the destination sheet using Paste Special and Values.

If you still see the "text" or "Unicode text" options, it may be because the source cell(s) contain text or special characters that cannot be converted to the destination format. In this case, you can try using the "text" or "Unicode text" option to paste the values as plain text, without any formatting.
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You are copying and pasting from a workbook in one instance of XL to a
workbook in a different instance of XL.
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"Kevin" wrote:

i have two excel files, one that has formulas and one that uses raw values.
I need to copy the values from the first sheet to the second one and use
Paste Special and Values. However, sometimes the normal Paste Special box
does not appear, but another box that says Paste/Paste link with the options
of "text" or "Unicode text" appears.

Does anyone know what that happens???

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i'm not sure if i get what you mean by "instance of XL". Do you mean
versions?? The two files were created at the same time by me and i'm copying
from one file to another file . . .

Or do you mean when instead of having one Excel open with two files open,
there are actually two versions of Excel open, each with one file open in
each??

thanks for the reply

"Jim Thomlinson" wrote:

You are copying and pasting from a workbook in one instance of XL to a
workbook in a different instance of XL.
--
HTH...

Jim Thomlinson


"Kevin" wrote:

i have two excel files, one that has formulas and one that uses raw values.
I need to copy the values from the first sheet to the second one and use
Paste Special and Values. However, sometimes the normal Paste Special box
does not appear, but another box that says Paste/Paste link with the options
of "text" or "Unicode text" appears.

Does anyone know what that happens???

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You have only one version of XL but you have opened it twice. In each
instance you will have one or more workbooks open. If you open the task
manager you will see two copies of Excel.exe in the processes window. One
instance of XL has no direct access to deal with the other you do not get the
paste special option...
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Jim Thomlinson


"Kevin" wrote:

i'm not sure if i get what you mean by "instance of XL". Do you mean
versions?? The two files were created at the same time by me and i'm copying
from one file to another file . . .

Or do you mean when instead of having one Excel open with two files open,
there are actually two versions of Excel open, each with one file open in
each??

thanks for the reply

"Jim Thomlinson" wrote:

You are copying and pasting from a workbook in one instance of XL to a
workbook in a different instance of XL.
--
HTH...

Jim Thomlinson


"Kevin" wrote:

i have two excel files, one that has formulas and one that uses raw values.
I need to copy the values from the first sheet to the second one and use
Paste Special and Values. However, sometimes the normal Paste Special box
does not appear, but another box that says Paste/Paste link with the options
of "text" or "Unicode text" appears.

Does anyone know what that happens???

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