When you connect a computer using the Remote Desktop (RDP), at times, you cannot copy data between the source and the destination computer. When I say data, I mean the text or image available with the clipboard. One can also have trouble copying files between the computer. This post will show what you can do if you can’t copy and paste files or folders via Remote Desktop (RDP) clipboard.
Cannot Copy Paste in Remote Desktop (RDP) Session
To enable copy-paste in Remote Desktop Windows 11/10, do the following:
- In the Start Menu, type Remote Desktop, and click when it appears on the list to open it.
- In the RDP window, click on the down arrow button next to Show Options.
- This will open the configuration setting, which will apply to all the profiles
- If you have opened the RDP connection specific to the computer, the changes will apply to that only.
- Switch to the Local Resources tab
- Then check the box next to Clipboard.
This will ensure that anything you copy on the source or destination computer will be available on both the computer.
Copy and paste in Remote Desktop is not working
To access drives to copy files, click More and then select the source computer’s drive, which should appear on the destination computer.
This will make sure if you want to copy-paste the files or folder, then it will be possible.
If you change the setting for the global profile, it will remember and apply to all future connections.
Since it is one of the most used features, it is best to keep it enabled. However, if you do not want that, you can first save the connection as an RDP file and then change it later.
Apart from the clipboard and drives, you can also enable access to Ports, Smart cards, Video capture devices, and other Plug and Play devices.
I hope this post helps you copy-paste via the Remote Desktop (RDP) clipboard.