Excel-online is copying the cell formula, not the cell value to the computers clipboard, e.g.

Given that I copy a cell showing a value in Excel online

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When I paste, the formula is pasted instead of the value.

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I was expecting the number "2" to be pasted. This is what used to happen.

This suddenly started happening today on a spreadsheet that we have been using for weeks. The same thing happens when I create a new spreadsheet.

If I open the spreadsheet in Excel desktop, the value is pasted as expected.

  • This still pates the formula in other apps. It does nothing when pasting back into Excel online. May 1, 2019 at 19:14
  • what do you mean by "other apps"?
    – user0
    May 1, 2019 at 19:16
  • By other apps I mean anything other than excel online, e.g. the Start-Run dialog in Windows. May 1, 2019 at 19:18

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A day later and my excel-online spreadsheets are pasting as expected. Feels like A/B test.

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