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March 1, 2016

Hi fellow Excel Addict,

Now this is the kind of winter I like.

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You may think that 10C (50F) is nothing to get excited about, but compared to the February weather we typically get  in Newfounland (look here), this year has been fantastic. It hasn't all been 'bright sunshiny days', but every day that I don't have to shovel snow is a good winter day.

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Copy Column Widths

When you Copy a range of cells and paste them somewhere else, all of the data and formatting gets pasted but the column widths don't (unless you've selected the ENTIRE columns).

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There may be times when you want the columns widths to be copied along with your data. Or maybe you just want to duplicate the column widths from one part of your worksheet to another.

Well, there is a way to paste
the column widths along with the data and formatting or paste just the column widths. It's been there all along but it's well hidden in Paste Special options.

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To paste the column widths AND the data and formatting

After copying the cells, click the small arrow below the Paste command on the Home tab. Then, from the Paste options, choose
the Keep Source Column Widths button (2nd button on the 2nd row).

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To paste just the column widths

After copying the cells, click the small arrow below the Paste command on the Home tab, 
click Paste Special... and, from the Paste Special dialog, select the Column Widths option and click OK.

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Paste Column Widths Macro
If you're familiar with macros and VBA, here is a macro that I use to make copying column widths even easier.
I have assigned this macro to the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+W.

Sub PasteSpecialColumnWidths()
' PasteSpecialColumnWidths Macro
' Created by Francis Hayes (The Excel Addict)
' Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+W
    On Error Resume Next
    Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteColumnWidths
End Sub

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