11. January 2007

Copy Paste Doesn't Work in Windows

This personally happened to me in my office. I never used to shut down my machine and most of the works are based on copy and paste in any IT companies, i used to heavily use copy paste thing in windows while in work .At the end of a day suddenly copy paste thing didn’t work for me. I copied things but no paste option was highlighted. That meant my whole work stopped. And to overcome this i searched for the windows Clipboard viewer.which i found in windows System32 folder named “clipbrd”. I just ran the clipbrd from the run option in Start menu of the Windows ( XP ). then i deleted the clipboard from Edit menu. Bingo, Everything was fine after that. My work resumed.

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1. Anurag From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 08. August 2008 at 11:35 pm

Thanks for this post. This is an annoying problem, and I used to reboot my machine to address this. Your technique is much better 🙂

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2. Bruno From CANADA (CANADA) Wrote on 26. September 2008 at 11:19 am

Whoa, thanks, I thought I had discovered you can’t copy and paste 404 pages of text at once but I guess it actually saturated the copy and paste function ’cause I couldn’t do it anymore at all.
Thanks for the insight, my life would end if I were left with no copy and paste! 😛

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3. Sangeeta From INDIA (INDIA) Wrote on 11. June 2009 at 10:39 pm

Whoa, this was driving me nuts! i even considered reinstalling/repairing the file but I wasn’t sure if it’d help or screw me over even more..
I had found clipbrd.exe and I kept getting the message “clipbook viewer cannot display the informatiaon in its current format”.

This is a really simple solution. Thank you!

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4. Vb Reader From SINGAPORE (SINGAPORE) Wrote on 12. August 2009 at 12:35 pm

imagine a day without copy paste in visual studio.

you will hate programming after some time if copy paste is disabled

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5. Bob From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 21. September 2009 at 6:04 am

My Copy and Paste utility became unusable for the following reasons. If anything about this posting is similar to what you have on your system, then I may have the solution for you. I was running Microsoft Office Professional ‘97 as my WORD and spreadsheet programs. However, later on I installed a newer version of WORD that came with my PC that was on a disc called Microsoft Works Suite 2004. I also downloaded and installed Mozilla Firefox as an alternate browser. This is when all my problems started. I fixed the Copy and Paste problem by uninstalling all of MS Works Suite, then I installed a completely new and dedicated version of Microsoft Office 2002, then I uninstalled Mozilla Firefox, and I refreshed Internet Explorer back to default settings. I also needed to update my McAfee anti-virus but you may not have to do that depending on what program you use. Everything works great now and my computer even runs faster. No more worries. I never needed to mess with my Registry. I didn’t have to end Processes. I haven’t had to run Spyware programs either. It was all in the programs in had downloaded and installed that caused the problem.

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6. oday From LAO PEOPLE (LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC) Wrote on 28. September 2009 at 9:33 am

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7. Dan not found Wrote on 11. January 2011 at 6:21 am

Hey, I was wondering why everytime I try to copy some text I highlight it and all I get is a little blue square with an arrow in it next to the highlighted text? When I right click the highlighted text to copy it nothing happens

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8. Mike From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 14. February 2011 at 7:57 am

Great post! Worked like a charm. Thanks a lot! The only problem was that my clipboard viewer, clipbrd.exe, was uninstalled by one of windows update, but I kept all the uninstall files and I found it.

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9. escort ilan From TURKEY (TURKEY) Wrote on 01. May 2011 at 6:20 am

Whoa, this was driving me nuts! i even considered reinstalling/repairing the file but I wasn’t sure if it’d help or screw me over even more.. sağol lan kamil 😀

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10. oridroo not found Wrote on 01. June 2011 at 1:09 am

Wow! Great. Once I had this kind of problem. Then I re set up the windows to W7 and the problem solved. But here I learn something new and willing to apply in future.

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11. sean From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 22. June 2011 at 3:22 am

Thanks for the quick fix. Life without the copy and paste would be crazy. (Amazing the things we come to depend on.) Thought I was about to spend hours scouring the internet to find the solution. A couple of months ago my wife’s laptop got the dreaded Un mountable boot volume error. It was toast until hours of research finally solved the problem.

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12. oliver From PHILIPPINES (PHILIPPINES) Wrote on 04. November 2011 at 8:12 pm

That’s a brilliant work-around! Kudos!

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