Ctrl + Shift + V Doesn’t Work in Google Sheets for Paste Special

In Google Sheets, I am unable to “Paste Special” (i.e. paste without formatting) by using the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + V.

There are a couple caveats to this – for when Ctrl + Shift + V will work:

  • It will paste special if my cursor is actually inside the cell (i.e. by double clicking or pressing F2).
  • It will paste special if the I copied other cells from within that spreadsheet.

So, basically, the issue is when I copy data from outside the spreadsheet. So let’s say I copy “25” from any other source (e.g. Email client, Word Document, notepad, whatever), then I go into my Google Sheet and press Ctrl + Shift + V while the destination cell is highlighted, nothing will happen.

It works fine in chrome. In Brave, I made sure there’s no extension shortcuts mapped to the Ctrl + Shift + V that might be overriding it. I also tried in incognito with no extensions on.

I’m on MacOS Sierra v10.12.6 (16G29) (but also tested on Windows same issue) and I am using Brave Version 1.5.123 Chromium: 80.0.3987.163 (Official Build) (64-bit)



I use Sheets a lot, and this is a problem for me also.

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