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Every time I copy and paste from a Google Spreadsheet, it adds a double quote before and after everything, and duplicates every single double quote.

For example, if I copy:

This is a "string" of sorts.

And paste ANYWHERE else (I can reproduce it on Windows, Mac, Linux, Notepad++, SublimeText, Xcode...) it results into:

"This is a ""string"" of sorts."

How can I copy and paste so that A" results in A" instead of "A""?

EDIT: I am talking about when you copy an entire cell, if you enter edit mode in a cell and copy the contents, the copy works fine. But you cannot copy formula-based cells this way, or multiple cells.

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I can't reproduce your results. I've taken the exact string in Google Spreadsheets and copied it to an Outlook mail (native), notepad (Window 7), all yielding the same string !! I used Crtl+C and the way to copy from within the spreadsheet. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Mar 12 '13 at 12:06
If you click the cell first and copy the contents of the cell (not the cell itself) it will work. I am having this issue specially with concatenated strings (because there are no contents to copy beside the formula). – speeder Mar 12 '13 at 13:37
I can’t reproduce your results either. Even after you edited it. – Alex Mar 14 '13 at 17:16
I have this problem as well, it seems to happen whenever I insert a line-break. The output looks fine in the doc but the extra quotes show up when pasting. This formula should reproduce the problem: ="This is a ""string"" and "&CHAR(10)&" a linebreak" – Ben Collier Jun 13 '13 at 16:30
@BenCollier with linbreak this is by design, because otherwise it cannot know if it's break to next row or linebreak within cell (currently you can copy & paste any cells, even if they contain linebreaks). Alex, can you confirm there is no linebreaks in the cells you copying? – LogicDaemon Jan 11 '14 at 22:16

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The "issue" is that Google Spreadsheet is putting valid CSV-formatted data into the clipboard.

The workaround is to publish the spreadsheet to the web (File -> Publish to Web) and copy out of that document instead.

It's not much of a solution but it can save you some time.

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Try pasting without formatting: Ctrl+Shift+V (or Command+Shift+V).

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I tried here on a OSX (command+shift+v) copying to sublime text, did not worked. – speeder Dec 9 '13 at 18:44

This annoys me too.

If you just select the cell to copy from, Gdocs will add the double quotes around your pasted content.

However, if you double click into the cell like you are going to edit the contents, select and copy it from that view, when you paste it, it will not add the quotes. Adds an extra click, but is still easier than exporting it.

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Agreed but sadly, if the cell contains generated data (say, from a formula) then you just end up getting the formula :( – RedYeti Feb 5 at 14:00
This was writtein in my original question... People read before replying? – speeder Feb 10 at 15:00

I've replaced double quotes by single ones.

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Does this answer the question? – Tim Jan 9 at 17:11

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