To stop the Formatting icon from appearing, disable it at Tools>Options>Edit
I also disable "Show insert options buttons"
To stop the ClipBoard from appearing.........
From help on "Clipboard"
Turn off the Office Clipboard
On the Office Clipboard task pane, click Options.
Clear the Show Office Clipboard Automatically check box.
Clear the Show Office Clipboard When Ctrl+C Pressed Twice check box.
Note To copy items to the Clipboard while it is turned off, select the
Collect Without Showing Office Clipboard check box.
Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP
On Thu, 5 Mar 2009 03:43:17 -0800, zaraimrie