Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
If you position your mouse pointer over one icon in the Paste gallery and then move
it over another icon without clicking, Excel will update the preview to reflect the new
option. Depending on the cells’ contents, two or more of the paste options might lead
to the same result.
Troubleshooting If pointing to an icon in the Paste gallery doesn’t result in a live preview,
that option might be turned off. To turn Paste Live Preview on, click the File tab and click
Options to display the Excel Options dialog box. Click General, select the Enable Live Preview
check box, and click OK.
After you click an icon to complete the paste operation, Excel displays the Paste Options
button next to the pasted cells. Clicking the Paste Options button displays the Paste
Options palette as well, but pointing to one of those icons doesn’t generate a preview.
If you want to display Paste Live Preview again, you will need to press Ctrl+Z to undo
the paste operation and, if necessary, cut or copy the data again to use the icons in the
Home tab’s Clipboard group.
Troubleshooting If the Paste Options button doesn’t appear, you can turn the feature on by
clicking the File tab and then clicking Options to display the Excel Options dialog box. In the
Excel Options dialog box, display the Advanced page and then, in the Cut, Copy, And Paste
area, select the Show Paste Options Buttons When Content Is Pasted check box. Click OK to
close the dialog box and save your setting.
After cutting or copying data to the Clipboard, you can access additional paste options
from the Paste gallery and from the Paste Special dialog box, which you display by clicking
Paste Special at the bottom of the Paste gallery.