XL98: Unexpected Results Paste Linking Nonadjacent Range

ID: q180372

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When you use the Paste Link command to link to a nonadjacent range, the link that is created may refer to cells that are not in the range that you copied.


To work around this problem, do not copy a nonadjacent range of cells if you want to create a link to that range by clicking Paste Link. Instead, copy each adjacent range of cells in the nonadjacent range and paste a link to each range separately.


For example, assume you are using the following data:

   A1: a
   A2: b
   A4: c
   A5: d 
To paste a link to cells A1:A2,A4:A5 to B1:B4, follow these steps:
  1. Select cells A1:A2.

  2. On the Edit menu, click Copy.

  3. Select cell B1.

  4. Click Paste Special on the Edit menu, and then click Paste Link.

  5. Select cells A4:A5.

  6. On the Edit menu, click Copy.

  7. Select cell B3.

  8. Click Paste Special on the Edit menu, and click Paste Link.

The link results are as follows:

   A1: a      B1: a
   A2: b      B2: b
   A3:        B3: c
   A4: c      B4: d
   A5: d      B5: 


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Additional query words: XL98 PasteSpecial Nonadjacent noncontiguous multiple selection incorrect

Keywords          : xlformula xlvbmigrate 
Version           : MACINTOSH:98
Platform          : MACINTOSH 
Issue type        : kbbug 

Last Reviewed: July 2, 1999