If I select and copy part of the table and then select another part of the same size, then I get nested table
How to avoid this? I want cells to paste 1:1!
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So a couple of caveats:
With that said, if you're wanting to only copy a few cells out of the total, and both the source and destination tables have the same amount of columns, just copy all data from said columns and delete whichever cells of data are not necessary in the destination table. The data can be pasted either right below the table (and it will append itself to the bottom of the table) or in the first column of an empty row. At least in OneNote, you can click-drag vertically without it grabbing the entire row below/above so it doesn't generate a ton of clean-up work for you.
Apologies that this isn't a straight-forward approach, but it seems to be the only one that exists at the moment.
Some terminology is getting mixed up in the previous answers. To have one or more columns copied or pasted from another table and appended to the right of an existing table without becoming nested, both tables must have the same number of rows.
I needed to copy two columns from one table to another. Both were basically the same and kept nesting until I realized the target table had an additional row that the old table didn't. Removing that extra row allowed everything to work properly.
This is all about matching the number of rows or columns. For rows I find that if you match the number of columns then paste into a cell in the left most column of the destination it will insert the pasted row above your cursor.
Similarly for columns the destination table must have the same number of columns, and I have found you need to have the cursor in the bottom row. This will insert or append the pasted column(s) to the right. (Note: I did find it would not do it for me if I was adding one column to a single column table).
(this is in OneNote 16.41 on mac)