by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 4, 2018)
When transferring data from his bank's website to Excel, Richard can remove formatting by using Paste Special. He wonders if there is a way to remove formatting when going the other way. The Formula bar in Excel displays unformatted numeric values, but when Richard tries copying to the bank's website, the formatting (like the dollar sign) is transferred too, and the value isn't accepted.
Unfortunately, Excel doesn't have a "copy values" type of function. That being said, there are a number of ways to get around the issue.
First, if you are trying to copy the contents of a single cell to your bank's website, you could simply copy from the Formula bar (which you noted already shows an unformatted value). Just select the contents in the Formula bar, copy (Ctrl+C will do), and then paste to the website.
Another approach that works well—particularly if you are wanting to paste values from multiple cells—is to format the cells as General. This removes things like commas and dollar signs from the cells and allows you to get at the unformatted values. When you are done pasting, you can then press Ctrl+Z to undo the formatting you applied to the cells.
Partially related to this is the idea to make an intermediate copy. In other words, copy the cells and then use Paste Values to paste just the unformatted values into a different worksheet. Provided you didn't format the cells in the worksheet before doing the paste, you end up with unformatted values you can then copy to your bank's website.
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