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How to copy cell without new line break in Excel?

Normally, when copying an Excel cell with Ctrl + C and paste it to other editor such as TXT file, a new line will append automatically at the end of the copied content as below screenshot shown. If you want to paste all copied cells into a single line field, you have to manually press the Backspace key to return to the single line back and forth every time you paste a cell. How to copy cell without new line break in Excel? Methods in this article will help you to get through it.

Copy cell without new line break with copying and pasting

Copy cell without new line break with VBA code


Copy cell without new line break with copying and pasting


You can get into the cell’s edit mode and then copy and paste the cell content without new line break. Please do as follows.

1. Select the cell you want to copy, press the F2 key or double click to get into the edit mode, select the cell content and press the Ctrl + C keys to copy it.

2. Open the TXT file or other files you will paste the content, then press the Ctrl + V keys.

Then the cell content is copied without new line break as above screenshot shown.


Copy cell without new line break with VBA code

Besides, you can copy cell without new line break with below VBA code.

1. Press the Alt + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy below VBA cow into the window.

VBA code: Copy cell without new line break

Sub CopyText()
'Update by Extendoffice 20180608
    Dim xAutoWrapper As Object
    Set xAutoWrapper = New DataObject  'or GetObject("New:{1C3B4210-F441-11CE-B9EA-00AA006B1A69}")
    xAutoWrapper.SetText ActiveCell.Text
    xAutoWrapper.PutInClipboard
End Sub

3. Click Tools > References, and click the Browse button in the References window. See screenshot:

4. In the opening Add Reference window, enter Windows\system32 into the Address box, and then press the Enter key. Enter FM20.DLL into the File name box and click the Open button.

5. Click the OK button when it returns to the References window.

7. Press the Alt + Q keys to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

8. Then, click Developer > Macros. See screenshot:

9. In the Macro dialog box, select the name CopyText in the Macro name box, click the Options button to specify a shortcut key to this macro, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

From now on, when you want to copy a cell without new line break, please use the shortcut key you have specified above to copy the cell and then paste to other files.

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    Tijs · 3 months ago
    I replaced the default copy short-cut CTRL-c with this new macro and it works great, until I want to copy a selection of multiple cells.
    Now... I can change the shortcut for this macro and put back the standard shortcut for copying, but it would be nicer if this macro can change it's behavior when its called on a selection of cells. Maybe that it can perform the normal copy procedure then. How would I put that?
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    Tijs · 3 months ago
    I solved it. The DLL didn't get activated using your explanation. Needed to select it manually. Then it worked.
    But I have another question... I replaced the default copy short-cut CTRL-c with this new macro and it works great, until I want to copy a selection of multiple cells.
    Now... I can change the shortcut for this macro and put back the standard shortcut for copying, but it would be nicer if this macro can change it's behavior when its called on a selection of cells. Maybe that it can perform the normal copy procedure then. How would I put that?
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    Tijs · 3 months ago
    I get a compiling error when I try to use this new macro.
    User-defined type not defined

    In the macro sub the part " = New DataObject" is highlighted as being the problem.

    Does this have something to do with that DLL not being active?