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Excel to Word Paste Special Object formating problem

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Hi Guys,

Thanks again for the help in advance!

This is the enviornment, VMware virtual desktops VDI with Office 2003 professional current service packs and updates

This is the problem and it's a huge one!  When pasting into Word from Excel as an object the formating gets completely trashed, this was not a problem when we were using Office 2002 though I'm not sure if it's related to the introduction of virtual desktops or office 2003, I'm leaning really heavily toward office 2003 but I can't seem to rule out the virtual desktops.

How to:
1.  Open Excel document.
2.  Add some data.
3.  Copy.
4.  Open Word.
5.  Paste special from the edit menu.
6.  Select Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet Object
7.  Result is smashed weird looking pasted Object (If you double click the object to edit it again in excel the formating looks normal, as soon as you leave the editing mode it returns to the smashed text).

This is a super critical issue for me to get resolved and I've been banging my head trying to figure out what it is.
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by:GrahamSkan
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Just to say that I don't get that problem with 2003 with no Service packs on a simple desktop PC.
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Thanks for the feedback!  I've also tried it with a number of our Terminal Servers and it appears to be related to using RDP which VDI uses as well.  Anyone have any ideas as to why RDP seems to kill object pastes into word?  On a side note I did try this on a server that has the cleartype patch and had the same result.
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On a side note this does work in Citrix though at this point it's not an option for them to move to Citrix.
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Word tries hard to represent on the screen the way that the document would be printed. That seems to make it sensitive to slight differences in video and printer drivers.
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Thanks for the comment Graham, that's what I was thinking too.  Just not sure how to resolve the issue or even if it's possible.
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Change this Key to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Excel\Options]
"RDPUsePrinterMF"=dword:00000001

Download this patch:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958146/

From the downloaded patch only install the excel.msp using the following command:

msiexec /p "\\server\share\EXCEL.msp"
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