Copy and Paste not working in Windows 10

The Copy and Paste feature in Windows is one of the most basic often-used features in the OS. But for some reason, if you find that it is not working normally as required, then this post will help you fix the issue. This problem can occur if some system file is corrupted or if some third-party process is interfering with the smooth working of this function.

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Copy and Paste not working in Windows 10

If you are unable to copy-paste, then this post shows you how to fix the clipboard to reset the Copy and Paste function in Windows 10. Here are a few things you could try:

  1. Restart rdpclip.exe process
  2. Restart explorer.exe process
  3. Reinstall the program in which Copy-Paste is not working
  4. Clear clipboard history
  5. Run SFC and DISM
  6. Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State
  7. Use Refresh Windows Tool.

Let us see these suggestions in detail.

1] Restart rdpclip.exe

Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.

Here, locate the rdclip.exe process, right-click on it, and select End process.

Next, click File tab > Run new task. Type rdpclip.exe and hit Enter.

This is helpful if Copy and Paste is not working on your Remote Desktop Connection.

2] Restart Explorer.exe

Restart the File Explorer process and see if it makes the problem go away.

3] Reinstall the program in which Copy-Paste is not working

If the Copy-Paste is not working any particular program, you should Reinstall or repair the program and see if that helps.

See this post if Copy Paste not working in PowerPoint.

4] Clear clipboard history

Clear clipboard data and see if it helps. This has been known to help some.

To clear the Clipboard History using the command line, open CMD.exe, and execute the following command:

echo off | clip

As soon as you hit Enter, check if the right-click Copy and Paste function is working fine.

5] Run SFC and DISM

Run the System File Checker. This will replace potentially corrupted system files; If this does not help, maybe you want to run DISM to repair a potentially corrupted system image.

6] Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State

To find out if some third-party process is interfering with the smooth working of this function, you may perform Clean Boot and then try to identify the offender manually.

7] Refresh Windows 10

If nothing helps, back up your data and then use the Refresh Windows Tool from Microsoft.

I hope something here helped you get the Copy-Paste function working back.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.