Prevent Excel From Automatically Formatting Data As Dates When Pasted

Prevent Excel From Automatically Formatting Data As Dates When Pasted

What This VBA Code Does

Lars-Erik reached out to me via Facebook with an interesting code concept that would prevent Excel from automatically re-formatting data when pasted in. This is most prevalent when your data includes hyphens or forward slashes to which Excel assumes are associated with dates.

For example, if you were to try typing in "1-15" into your spreadsheet, Excel automatically formats this as "15-Jan" and even worse, changes the cell value all together to 42750 (the numerical date value).

If you copy your data and paste it into Excel with the below macro, you won't have to worry about any of your data being confused for dates by Excel.

VBA Code:

Sub PasteDataAsIs()
'PURPOSE: Paste Data From Clipboard Without Allowing Excel To Auto-Format
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault
'AUTHOR: Lars-Erik Sørbotten

Dim PasteArea As Range

'Optimize Code
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Paste Data To Spreadsheet
  ActiveCell.PasteSpecial

'Store The Size Of The Data To A Variable
  Set PasteArea = Selection

'Change Paste Area Number Format To Not Reformat Data
  PasteArea.EntireColumn.NumberFormat = "@"

'Re-Paste Clipboard Data to Spreadsheet
  ActiveCell.PasteSpecial

End Sub

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