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Why is Copy and Paste not working? Quick Fix

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Copy and Paste is probably the most used feature across any operating system ever. The feature lets users move files, text, images and whatnot from one location to another with just a few clicks.

So if the feature stops working all of a sudden, you might understandably be frustrated. In this article, we’re going over a few fixes to help you fix your Copy and Paste functionality. 

Update Windows

The first thing you should do is to check if there’s a Windows update available. If it is, download and install the update immediately. Most Windows bugs are fixed in subsequent updates. 

You can check out our detailed guide on how to update Windows 10 here. 

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Disable your antivirus

Some overly protective antivirus software can interfere with your system’s functionality, in turn breaking some common features. Disable your antivirus temporarily to check if that’s the issue in your case.

Disable Send to Bluetooth Add-on in MS Office

An MS Office addon that lets you send files over to Bluetooth devices can also sometimes conflict with Windows’ Copy and Paste functionality. Try disabling this add on in MS Office to see if your PC starts working properly again.

Disable shared clipboard in Virtualbox

If you’re using VMWare’s Virtualbox to run virtual machines on your OS, chances are you’ve got the shared clipboard feature enabled which lets you copy and paste files across machines. Try disabling this feature to see if that restores your system’s Copy and Paste functionality.

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Check for corrupt files

Corrupt files are the number one reason why your PC might be behaving weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Restart your PC, and Copy Paste should start working properly.

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Restart rdpclip.exe

In order to get Copy and Paste up and running again, you may have to restart the rdpclip.exe service. Here’s how.

Step 1: Right-click the taskbar and click Task Manager.

Step 2: Head over to the Details tab and find the rdpclip.exe process. End the process by using the button in the bottom right.

Step 3: Now navigate to Windows/System32, find the rdpclip.exe process and double-click to run the file.

Run a check disk scan

Check disk is another popular Windows utility that can scan your system for any corrupted files causing this issue.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to open the quick access menu and click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 2: Type the following command and hit enter.

chkdsk /f /r C:

Repeat this command for all the partitions you have, replacing C: with the partition’s assigned drive letter. Restart your PC, and the file system error should’ve been resolved. 

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Create a new user profile

Corrupt user profiles can also sometimes hamper Windows features. Try creating a new profile to see if that solves your problem.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open Windows Settings. Click on Accounts.

Step 2: Head over to the Family & other people tab and click on Add someone else to this PC under Other people.

Now fill in the new account’s details and log in using that account to see if Copy and Paste is working now.

Run system restore

Restoring your system to an earlier point in time can also fix the problem if you made a system restore point. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Reset this PC. Launch the Recovery setting from the search results. 

Step 2: Click on Open System Restore. 

Step 3: Select the recommended restore point and click the Next button to proceed. 


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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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