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If I copy text with a line break in it, like this...

1st line
2nd line

...and then paste in into a Google Docs spreadsheet cell, then it pastes '2nd line' into the cell below. What are the easiest ways to avoid this?

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Based on http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/docs/formatting/-uEh3jguVu0 you can " copy the info single cell by single cell and paste the information in edit mode of the receiving cell; i,e. double-click the cell first before you paste the single cell contents". Though this is hardly 'easy' so there may be a better answer out there...

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This drove me crazy until I accidentally got my list to paste properly.

You have to double or triple click in the target cell so that the cursor appears. Then you can paste a list with line breaks into a cell in a Google spreadsheet.

I realize this was asked a year ago but my first search brought me to this post so I thought I'd share.

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Isn't this essentially what the other answer says? –  Al E. Jun 4 '13 at 19:02

You can quote the multiple-line contents with " now.

The quotation makes the pasting of a list of multiple-line contents so easy.

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