Windows 10: Windows 10 copy and paste is not working. It stopped working

  1.    27 Oct 2016 #1

    Windows 10 copy and paste is not working. It stopped working


    Hi,

    I am using Windows 10 with all the latest updates. Copy and Paste has stopped working.
    I am not able to copy and paste from anywhere e.g. In Notepad highlight a line and copy it and paste it.
    It will not paste anymore. In PyCharm as well, Notepad++, Word etc.

    I have tried the following fix but it does not solve the problem: Open command prompt and type in %windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c "echo off | clip" to clear the clipboard
    I have also tried SFC scanow

    Anyone have a solution for this?

    Thanks, Riaz
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  2. Posts : 2,186
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       27 Oct 2016 #2

    First, restart Windows. Sometimes it's all that's needed to clear such 'oddities'.

    If that fails, try logging in with another account (create a new one if necessary). Does that have the same problem?
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  3.    27 Oct 2016 #3

    Solved


    I have solved it now. There was a clear clip board app in one of the other posts whom had same problem.
    Clearing the clipboard and then a restart has sorted it.
    Ah i have spoken too quick. It worked for a few mins. Now it has stopped working again.

    Thanks
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  4. Posts : 370
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       27 Oct 2016 #4

    I have found that I have to have what I'm copying from open to be able to paste into another program. An example is copying from Onenote to cmd prompt, if Onenote is closed after copying it doesn't do anything.
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  5. Posts : 3,075
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       27 Oct 2016 #5

    Is your OneNote storing on the Cloud/OneDrive? Could be losing track of where the data is when OneNote is closed. Have you tried Selecting the data, Ctrl+C to Copy and Ctrl+V to Paste? Works in most things.
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  6. Posts : 370
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       27 Oct 2016 #6

    Yes Onedrive is set to sync online as it shows the same information on all my devices.
    I will try your suggestion.
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  7.    21 Feb 2017 #7

    I have the same problem: copy and paste just stops working. I haven't found a solution or identified an exact cause, but I believe it's related to remote desktop connection (terminal services) use. I make extensive use of remote desktop connections in my job and rely heavily on the ability to copy and paste from one remote session to another, or to and from my physical workstation. This is normally possible because remote desktop allows you to share local resources, such as your clipboard, with your remote session.

    The trouble is, for the last few weeks, this stops working a few minutes after establishing the remote session and making use of the clipboard. It's as if the clipboard becomes corrupt. The only way I can get it to work again is by killing all my remote desktop sessions. When I do this the local clipboard functions start working again. If I then re-establish the remote sessions, the clipboard will work for a while but will eventually fail.

    This is very frustrating. I have tried the "sfc /scannow" and clipboard clearing measures and have even done a system restore to a three-week old checkpoint, but to no avail. I'm at the point where I'm considering wiping my workstation and re-installing Windows from scratch.
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  8. Posts : 2,186
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       22 Feb 2017 #8

    bluebird said: View Post
    It's as if the clipboard becomes corrupt. The only way I can get it to work again is by killing all my remote desktop sessions. When I do this the local clipboard functions start working again. If I then re-establish the remote sessions, the clipboard will work for a while but will eventually fail.
    When the Clipboard fails, try restarting Explorer instead. If that works it's an easier fix.
    explorer.exe Process - Restart in Windows 10
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  9.    22 Feb 2017 #9

    Thanks for the suggestion, Bree. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to help in this case. Maybe "corruption" is the wrong word for what's happening to the clipboard. Maybe "captured" - eg. by the remote session - is a more accurate way of describing what's going on. Further experimenting appears to have revealed that I'm still able to copy and paste within each remote session, but not between sessions or between a session and my physical workstation. Annoyingly, however, once it stops working I can't copy (or paste) anything at all on my physical workstation - eg. even within Notepad or Word, etc.
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