SOLVED Microsoft Excel 2002 Pastes Value Not Formula

Dec 18, 2013
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When I copy and paste from one cell to another, the value gets pasted instead of the formula. {control}{c} / {control} {v} and Edit > Copy/Paste both do this.
Edit > Paste Special > Formulas does work around this problem.
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Yes. This did use to work.
Excel version (10.6871.6870) SP3
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I just tested copy / paste on a new spreadsheet. It works fine.
How do I repair the problem worksheet?

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Dec 18, 2013
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In my case, it was a merged cells problem. I was copying from a regular row with no merged cells into a row that had some merged cells. Excel just threw up its hands and pasted the values, instead of what my eyes told me it should have done. I un-merged the cells in the destination row and now paste works just fine.

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