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Pasting content from Microsoft Excel Documentation

The Paste from Excel feature is provided through the Paste from Word plugin. It was introduced in CKEditor 4.7 and by default is available in the Standard and Full distributions.

This feature allows you to paste content from Microsoft Excel and maintain original structure and formatting. After creating an Excel spreadsheet you can simply copy it to CKEditor and retain text formatting, row and column size or cell formatting.

When the plugin is enabled, it automatically detects Excel content and transforms its structure and formatting to clean HTML. It also adds the   toolbar button which makes it possible to paste clipboard data this way only on demand.

To test how Paste from Excel works, download the sample Excel document, open it in Microsoft Excel, copy the content and paste it into CKEditor. Check the clean HTML source code generated by CKEditor using the Source button.

Pasted content may be filtered by additional Advanced Content Filter rules. The content appearance in CKEditor also depends on styling used in contents.css files.

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Sample Excel Document

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  • Paste from Excel
                    <!doctype html>
    <html lang="en">
      <meta charset="utf-8">
      <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">
      <title>Paste from Excel</title>
      <script src=""></script>
      <style type="text/css">
        /* Minimal styling to center the editor in this sample */
        .container {
          padding: 30px;
          display: flex;
          align-items: center;
          text-align: center;
        .inner-container {
          margin: 0 auto;
      <div class="container">&lt;p&gt;This is some &lt;strong&gt;sample text&lt;/strong&gt;. You are using &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;CKEditor&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</div>
      <textarea cols="80" id="editor1" name="editor1" rows="10">&lt;p&gt;This is some &lt;strong&gt;sample text&lt;/strong&gt;. You are using &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;CKEditor&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</textarea>
        CKEDITOR.replace('editor1', {
          // Define the toolbar:
          // The full preset from CDN which we used as a base provides more features than we need.
          // Also by default it comes with a 3-line toolbar. Here we put all buttons in a single row.
          toolbar: [{
              name: 'clipboard',
              items: ['PasteFromWord', '-', 'Undo', 'Redo']
              name: 'basicstyles',
              items: ['Bold', 'Italic', 'Underline', 'Strike', 'RemoveFormat', 'Subscript', 'Superscript']
              name: 'links',
              items: ['Link', 'Unlink']
              name: 'paragraph',
              items: ['NumberedList', 'BulletedList', '-', 'Outdent', 'Indent', '-', 'Blockquote']
              name: 'insert',
              items: ['Image', 'Table']
              name: 'editing',
              items: ['Scayt']
              name: 'styles',
              items: ['Format', 'Font', 'FontSize']
              name: 'colors',
              items: ['TextColor', 'BGColor', 'CopyFormatting']
              name: 'align',
              items: ['JustifyLeft', 'JustifyCenter', 'JustifyRight', 'JustifyBlock']
              name: 'document',
              items: ['Print', 'Source']
          // Enabling extra plugins, available in the full-all preset:
          extraPlugins: 'colorbutton,font,justify,print,tableresize,pastefromword,liststyle',
          removeButtons: '',
          // Make the editing area bigger than default.
          height: 350,
          width: 940