First, regarding special paste (Excel) - There are only two options (which I didn't note) vs the normal 20? options.
Next, I posted this morning after I remembered I had not solved this sinking problem, when I could copy/paste a formula in Google Spreadsheed Docs.
NOW!!! Something has changed and I don't know what. I can now copy with Special paste features of Excel, from Word to gmail with all the formatting, etc. The problem is gone after 2 weeks. Why?
Anyhow, for now, I'm good but would love to know what I did to cause this and how it was fixed.
This is odd, I can copy and paste but all the pasting is wiped clean of any formatting, underlying formulas (in Excel), hyperlinks, etc. This happens within all programs (Word, Excel, gmail) and when copy/pasting between programs (Word to gmail).
It must be a global, XP setting. I tried rolling back the computer one week but the problem exists (not sure when it started).