Copy paste not working on Windows 10 [Full Fix]

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Copying and pasting are some of the most basic functions in Windows and it has been present since the first versions of Windows, but for some strange reason, users report that they can’t perform copy and paste functions in Windows 10.

One cause for this problem can be your antivirus software. To fix the problem, try disabling antivirus features, or disable your antivirus entirely.

Another common issues reported by users is not being able to copy paste in Excel, Microsoft Word, Autocad, Remote Desktop or Vmware. And usually the problem is caused by a certain plugin or feature.

If you are encountering any of the above, we compiled a list of confirmed solution that you can try. Make sure to follow the steps in the same order we are presenting them.

How can I fix copy paste issues on Windows 10?

1. Make sure that your Windows 10 is up to date

run Windows Updates

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app
  2. Go to Update & Security section
  3. Click Check for updates button

Windows will now check for available updates and download them in the background.

Once the updates are downloaded, they’ll be installed as soon as you restart your PC. Once your system is up to date, the problem with copy-paste should be resolved.

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app following some simple steps will help you fix it.


If you are having trouble updating your Windows 10 heck out the steps presented in our guide


2. Use Comfort Clipboard Pro

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Comfort Clipboard Pro is an amazing clipboard manager and will allow you to perform copy-pasting tasks for text editing in no time. you can edit any text fragment, set whichever color you prefer or set a hotkey for quick paste of the fragment. And if security is on your mind, with this tool you can assign a display name for any fragment that hides its contents.

This tool also has the History feature which allows you to have a look back on what you have copied. It lets you edit text fragments, select, and set a hotkey on them, plus the possibility to have color codes.

Another great option is the ability to drag and drop directly from the clipboard dashboard into the text you are currently editing. This amazing tool comes with a price, but it also has a free version that you can find in the link below.

If you’re looking for an advanced clipboard manager, we strongly recommend Comfort Clipboard Pro. It stores 500 items by default, lets you increase or decrease this limit, and remembers your clipboard history for as long as you want.

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3. Check your antivirus

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Using good antivirus software is important, but sometimes your antivirus can cause this problem to appear. To fix the issue, it’s advised to disable certain antivirus features and check if that helps. In case that doesn’t work, you need to disable your antivirus entirely.

For the Norton users, we’ve got a dedicated guide on how to completely remove it from your PC. There’s a similar guide for McAffe users, as well.

If you’re using any antivirus solution and you want to completely remove it from your PC, be sure to check out this amazing list with the best uninstaller software you can use right now.

Several users reported that they managed to fix the problem with copy-paste by uninstalling their antivirus software. If removing the antivirus solves the problem, you should consider switching to a different antivirus solution.

There are many great antivirus tools on the market, but if you want an antivirus that won’t interfere with your system while offering great protection, you should consider switching to BullGuard.


=> Download BullGuard 


Looking to change your antivirus with a better one? Here’s a list with our top picks.


4. Run Check Disk utility

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  1. Go to This PC and right-click your hard drive
  2. Choose Properties from the menu
  3. When Properties Window opens, go to the Tools tab and click the Check button under the Error checking section to check your hard drive for errors
  4. In addition, you can run Check Disk from Command Prompt
  5. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu.
  6. Select Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) from the list
  7. When Command Prompt opens, enter chkdsk X: /f command. Be sure to replace the X with the letter of your system drive. By default, that should be C
  8. You’ll be asked to schedule a scan. Press Y to do that

Once you restart your PC, a chkdsk scan will start and repair any corrupted files. Once your files are repaired, check if the problem is still there.

If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, you should check your antivirus first.


chkdsk is giving you headaches? Check out this quick guide to fix any issues with it.


5. Disable Send to Bluetooth add-on

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This addon is usually associated with Microsoft Office and you can find in Office software under the Add-on section. You might have to check every installed Office tool for Send to Bluetooth add-on and disable it from each tool.

After disabling this add-on from every Office tool copy/paste functions should be working normally.


6. Check Webroot Security Software settings

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  1. Open Webroot as an administrator.
  2. Click the Identity Protection properties or the gear icon.
  3. Go to the Application Protection tab.
  4. Now you should see the list of applications.
  5. Now find the applications in which copy/paste doesn’t work and set it to Allow.

In addition, you can just disable the Protect Clipboard Data option and everything should start working again.

=> Get Webroot Security Software


7. Run the rdpclip.exe

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  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start Task Manager.
  2. When Task Manager opens, go to the Details tab and
  3. Right-click rdpclicp.exe process.
  4. Choose End task from the menu.

Now you need to go to the Windows/system32 folder. There you should find rdpclip.exe. Just run it and see if the issue is resolved.

This program should start automatically but if it doesn’t you’ll have to run it manually every time you start Windows 10. In addition, you can add it to the Startup folder and it will start every time your Windows 10 starts.


Can’t open Task Manager? Don’t worry, we’ve got the right solution for you.


8. Restart your PC

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Many users reported that copy paste feature isn’t working on their PC, and according to them, the easiest way to fix it is to restart your PC.

If you don’t want to restart your PC, you can also log off from your user account, wait for a few seconds and then log back in again.

Keep in mind that this is just a workaround, so you’ll have to repeat it whenever the issue occurs.


9. Disable Virtualbox’s shared clipboard feature

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Virtualbox is a great tool if you want to run a virtual machine on your PC, but certain features can cause issues with your system.

According to users, the Shared clipboard feature in Virtualbox can cause issues with copy paste feature on your PC, and in order to fix the problem, you need to disable this feature in Virtualbox.

Once you disable this feature, the issue should be completely resolved and you’ll be able to use copy paste function once again.


10. Check Advanced System Care settings

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  1. Open Advanced System Care Software
  2. Go to Speed Up RAM > Smart RAM > Deep Clean
  3. Now click Settings and uncheck Clean Clipboard feature

=> Get Advanced System Care Software


11. Remove Skype Click to Call

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According to users, copy-paste feature might not work on your PC due to Skype Click to Call plugin. This is a simple browser plugin that allows you to make Skype calls by clicking a phone number in your browser.

To fix the problem, it’s advised to remove this addon from your browser. Once the addon is removed, you should be able to copy and paste without any issues.


If you’re unable to uninstall Skype Click to Call follow our step by step instructions.


12. Create a new user account

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  1. Open the Settings app and go to the Accounts section.
  2. In the left pane, go to Family & other people.
  3. In the right pane, select Add someone else to this PC.
  4. Choose I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
  5. Select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  6. Now enter the desired user name and click Next.

Once you create a new account, switch to it and check if the problem appears. If the issue doesn’t appear, you’ll need to move your personal files to the new account and start using the new account instead of your old one.

Not being able to perform a copy-paste function can be a big problem, but we hope that you managed to solve this issue with one of our solutions.

As always, if you have any other suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.


 Follow these easy steps and create or add how many accounts you want!


FAQ: Learn more about the copy-paste function in Windows 10

  • Why is my copy paste not working?

Common reasons are system files getting corrupted. You can address this issue by running a SFC scan.

  • How do I find my copy paste history Windows 10?

This should be available on the Clipboard. In order to access it, open the Settings app -> System -> Clipboard tab. Simply turn it on the and if clipboard history is not working make sure to check our solutions.

  • How do I paste from clipboard?

Copy the text and hold. In the menu that appears, tap and hold in the space where you intend to paste the text. Finally, paste the text in the menu that appears.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July, 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in June, 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • How to restore the Right-Click Copy and Paste functions in Windows 10

    First, let me say that I have no idea why they become removed. If you find my explanation difficult there are several YouTube lessons available as well.

    1. Click on the lower left of the screen to bring up the Start Screen.
    2. Scroll down to Windows Administrative Tools in the Start Menu.
    3. Click Administrative Tools open and scroll to System Configuration.
    4. Click System Configuration. A pop up System Configuration window will appear. If you do not see it, it may be behind some other window on the desktop.
    5. Click the Tools tab and select Command Prompt. Click the Launch button near the bottom. The Command window should appear with a black background and a command line like
    “C:WINDOWSsystem32>”
    6. Enter the following exactly: cmd /c”echo off|clip”
    note the “|” key is often upper case “” and may be shown as two short vertical lines, one over the other.
    7. As soon as you hit Enter the right-click Copy and Paste functions should be working.

    A.H. Eliason 5/2017