When pasting in place, or pasting, objects and text that are using effects in the Appearance panel are becoming outlined or/and embedding.
For instance "Text" with a drop shadow. If I Alt drag I will get a duplicate no problem. However, if i try pasting in place, or copy & pasting. I will be left with a 'live' text layer with no effect, and beneath it will be an embedded shadow file.
Please find attached a screen grab to illustrate my Illustrator problem.
I can begin to explain how frustrating this is. I have updated my software, tried new clean files, restarting, hitting it, and trawling through the preferences. I thought the Preferences > Clipboard Handling "Paste text without Formatting" would be my solution, but no.
OS: Big Sur Version 11.6.1
Illustator Version: 26.1
Any help would be very much appreciated. I can mail cookies and cake...