New Keyboard Shortcuts for Paste Special in Excel 2010

Content Key on Keyboard

Content Key on Keyboard

In Excel 2010, you can now use special keyboard shortcuts to control your Paste Special Options – e.g. Paste Values Only, Transpose, Paste Link, Paste Formatting, etc.).  There is a new technique to learn, however, before you can become proficient with these keyboard shortcuts in Excel 2010. Let me demonstrate.

Live Preview for Paste Special in Excel 2010

In my previous video tutorial, I demonstrated how to take advantage of this great new feature – “Live Preview for Pasting” – in Excel 2010. Click here to watch that video.

Two Ways to Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Paste Special in Excel 2010

  1. Press and Release the Ctrl Key, then press the “letter key” for the shortcut.
  2. Press the “Context Key” on your keyboard (to the right of the Space-bar; between the Alt & Ctrl keys) and then press the “letter key” for the shortcut.

Each of these techniques is easier to explain through a video demonstration than to write out the instructions. So, I encourage you to watch my video if you want to learn these new techniques for Excel 2010!

Learn More Paste Special Options

Main Menu Essential Skills for Excel

Main Menu for “9 Essential Excel Skills”

On my latest DVD-ROM, “Nine Essential Skills for Excel 2010,” I go into greater detail about the many ways that you can use Paste Special. This IS one of the 9 Essential Skills that I have identified. Follow this link to learn more about the 4 hour training video. The DVD-ROM includes 25 individual video tutorials, a 29-page instructional manual,  and the Excel 2010 Practice Files that I used while filming the videos.

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Follow this link to watch this video tutorial in High Definition on my YouTube Channel – DannyRocksExcels.

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  1. Jim Russell says:

    I really enjoy your tutorials, and I want to learn more.Jim

  2. Thank you for your kind words. I am pleased that you enjoy my tutorials.

    Just keep learning and practicing your new Excel skills. It does take time and dedication. I encourage you to stick with it!

    Danny Rocks
    The Company Rocks

  3. George Cooke says:

    If anyone is having trouble with method 1 (which is quickest) I just realised you have to actually CTRL+V first to paste, then press CTRL to get the paste special menu up and for instance press ‘a’ to paste values (well, convert what was pasted to values) or whatever you want to do (hover over them to find the shortcut letter to press).

    Thanks a lot for saving me time.

  4. Do you know how to make a paste special auto fit to the size of the slide? Thanks

  5. Hi David –
    I do not know how to do that via Paste Special. What I usually do – in PowerPoint – is make a duplicate of the slide that has content that is similar to what I am looking to replace. Ctrl + D is a great Keyboard Shortcut for Duplicating a Slide. Then, if it is Picture that I want to change, I use the Picture Tools to “Change the Picture. This USUALLY leaves the formatting frame and size in place for the new picture. Try that technique.

    Danny Rocks
    The Company Rocks

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