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We have a 3rd party tool that creates an Excel file (xls, 97/2003 format) and formats some cells in different colours. When I copy a range of cells into a newly created file (xlsx, 2007/2010 format) the colours of those formatted cells change completely - light yellow becomes depp purple etc. The same happens when I move/copy a whole worksheet into a new workbook.

The company that created the 3rd party tool can not be reached any longer (probably out of business), so I am stuck with fixing this behavious in Excel.

Why is this happening, and what can I do to prevent or work around it?

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Right click - Paste Special - All using source theme

This should keep the source theme intact. If that does not work, can you post an example of the source document?

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That did the trick, thanks! –  Treb Feb 3 '12 at 8:44
any idea how to achieve this in VBA? –  Richard100 Jan 14 '13 at 18:05
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I use Excel 2010 and I had the same issue when copy-paste a sheet of two different files.

I have found following solution:

  1. open the new file where you have pasted the copied cells
  2. right click on the Microsoft icon in the upper left corner
  3. click on the first line "customise rapid access..." (or maybe in the English version it is called "options")
  4. go to the "save" option title and click on it
  5. at the end of the window click on the bar "colors" (under the section sheet visual option)
  6. A new windows with the color palette
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