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Error While Pasting The Data

i get the error "data on the clipboard is not same size and shape as the selected area,do you want to paste it anyway"
and is i click yes i get an extra columns with some weird data
could any one please let me know how i could remove this or set the size or do anything to get my data pasted properly.......please help.......
its urgent...:-(

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I did a search in here but didn't find an answer so here goes nothing...

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The information cannot be pasted because the Copy area and the paste area are not the same size and shape. Try one of the following:
- Click a single cell, and then paste.
- Select a rectangle that's the same size and shape, and then paste.

For the life of me, I can't figure out why it's not working! I have done this many times with other spreadsheets. Has anyone ever experienced this? If so, were you able to resolve it and how?

Many Thanks,

We have a number of Excel users in our office who cannot copy and paste
between Excel workbooks. They can copy and paste between worksheets. When
you highlight the section to copy and then go to the new workbook both the
and paste special are "grayed out". This is true whether you right-click the
mouse, go to the edit menu, or use control keys. This occurs with any data
type and the most simple workbooks. I have seen some suggestions here but
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divide columns and rows, but that didn't solve my problem.

Excel pastes the data into several rows. When I try to merge them, I
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What I tried that didn't work:
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inserting the table as a Document Object, which could be a workaround,
I guess.
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The data in the table is information about my dad's medications. I
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