Copying and Pasting

You can copy one or more rows from a list or a single field on a page, and then paste what you copied into the same page, another page, or an external document (like Microsoft Excel and Outlook email). In short, to copy, you press CTRL+C (cmd+C in macOS) on your keyboard. To paste, you press CTRL+V (cmd+V in macOS).

There are several other keyboard shortcuts for copying and pasting that help you save time when entering data. For more information about these, see Keyboard Shortcuts.

This article answers common questions you might have about copying and pasting.

What can I copy and paste?

  • Copy one or more rows in Business Central to the same list, or to any list with identical columns.
  • Copy one or more rows in Business Central and paste into Excel or other applications.
  • Copy one or more rows in Excel and paste into a Business Central list.
  • Copy the value of an individual field in Business Central and paste it anywhere.

How do I copy rows?

To copy a single row, select it, and press Ctrl+C.

If you want to copy more rows, you can:

  • Press Ctrl+Click on another row or press Shift+Click to select the row and all rows in between. See Keyboard Shortcuts for more mouse and keyboard combinations for selecting rows.
  • Select Show more options in the first column of a row, choose Select More, select the check box next to each row that you want to copy, and then press Ctrl+C.

How do I paste rows?

Select an empty row, and press Crtl+V. If you want to replace existing rows, select the rows and press Crtl+V. In this case, you can only paste the same number of rows that you selected.

Can I paste rows into an Outlook email or OneNote?

Yes. This is pasted as a nicely-formatted table that preserves indentation, numeric alignment and coloring, just as you would see in Business Central.

Does copy and paste work with tiles?

No. The list must be viewed as rows (List View) for you to copy and paste.

In which lists can I copy and paste rows?

You can copy rows in any kind of list, including worksheets, FactBoxes, or list that are embedded on a page (like lines of a sales order). However, to paste rows, the list must be editable.

In some pages, the application design may prevent you from pasting of rows. Contact your administrator or application developer to change the Editable property on the page or PasteIsValid property on the source table.

On which clients is copy and paste available?

Copy and paste are available in the browser or the Business Central app for Windows 10.

What is the maximum number of rows that can be copied?

You can copy as many rows as you have scrolled into view. For example, to copy all 1000 rows in a page, you must first scroll to the bottom of the page and wait for the rows to appear before copying. The maximum number of rows you can copy is only limited by the memory of your device.

Must I have the exact same number of columns when pasting rows?

Yes. Whether you are copying from Business Central, from Excel, or from some other table source, the rows that you paste must have the exact matching columns - no more no less.

Why do I get errors when pasting rows?

When pasting into Business Central, each row is checked to make sure that values in each column are valid. If a column contains a value that is not valid, the pasting is stopped, and an error message is displayed. To avoid this, make sure that the columns have valid values before you paste them.

See also

Assistive Features
Getting Started
Working with Business Central
Frequently Asked Questions