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Formatting between Numbers and Excel

I am working with a client on a solution for integrating an iPad into his daily business life.

He is a builder so needs to be mobile, and the size of the iPad is perfect. He works on an excel spreadsheet with a list of orders and would need to modify this spreadsheet on the run. I have been able to string together DropBox, WebDav, DropDav and Numbers into a solution to get the file from his PC to the iPad and back to the PC, but am facing what looks to be a formatting issue between Numbers and Excel.

So once he gets back into the office he logs onto his PC and needs to copy/paste data from Spreadsheet into a new spreadsheet. For some reason when he uses the Paste function the result is a red outlined cell with white text and a light grey shade (see attached).

If I Paste Values I get the intended results (also in screenshot), but I am not using any non-default formatting in the original spreadsheet?
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Well, I already found that this could be a workaround, but I would prefer to look deeper to find out what any possible conflicts could be.
Surely this is something that others have tried to do.
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Hi Flipp,

It is a weird formatting/conversion issue going from Excel to Numbers for iPad and back. I don't know if there is a solution other than to do paste special and values or use the format painter to fix it post-paste.

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Oooo, that's certainly better than Format Painter.  Nice job teylyn.
Here's the same macro code for Excel 2003 and earlier

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
With Target
    .Font.ColorIndex = 0
    .Interior.ColorIndex = xlNone
    .Borders(xlDiagonalDown).LineStyle = xlNone
    .Borders(xlDiagonalUp).LineStyle = xlNone
    .Borders(xlEdgeLeft).LineStyle = xlNone
    .Borders(xlEdgeTop).LineStyle = xlNone
    .Borders(xlEdgeBottom).LineStyle = xlNone
    .Borders(xlEdgeRight).LineStyle = xlNone
    .Borders(xlInsideVertical).LineStyle = xlNone
    .Borders(xlInsideHorizontal).LineStyle = xlNone
End With
End Sub

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Any cell that is edited or pasted will be formatted with no background, automatic font color and no borders.

cheers, teylyn
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Does anyone have a copy of Numbers on Mac that they can test? I would like to know if this is isolated to Numbers App on iPad or Numbers in general.
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Thank you all - did not see any update to my final comment so closing question.