How to Fix Copy-and-Paste not Working Issue in Windows

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Copy and Paste is one of the most essential tools and basic functions in Windows, which has been in the operating system since its first versions. It helps you drastically reduce the time you’d otherwise have spent producing materials when doing a lot of word processing, rearranging and formatting documents on your computer.

The quickest and simplest method you can use to copy and paste in Windows is through keyboard shortcuts that help you work quickly. These include Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste. Alternatively, you can use the mouse method by highlighting the text, image or area you want to copy and then right-clicking your mouse or trackpad and selecting “Paste.”

If, for some reason, the copy-and-paste function isn’t working in Windows, one of the possible causes is due to some corrupted program components. Other possible causes include antivirus software, problematic plugins or features, certain glitches with the Windows system, or a problem with the “rdpclicp.exe” process.

If restarting your computer doesn’t help, try the other below-mentioned troubleshooting steps to fix the copy-and-paste function.

Update Windows

Certain system glitches can cause the copy and paste feature not to work. You can fix it by updating Windows, as Microsoft constantly adds new updates that come with critical patches. To do this:

  • Click Start and select “Settings -> Update & Security.”
  • Click “Check for updates.” Windows will check for available updates and download and install them once you restart your computer.

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Temporarily Disable Antivirus Software

A good antivirus software is critical to your computer’s security, but sometimes it causes conflicts with the system and may affect the copy-and-paste function. To resolve this, disable some features of your antivirus temporarily, but if this doesn’t help, disable it entirely.

If this helps, consider changing your antivirus software. There are many options available that won’t interfere with your system yet still offer great protection.

Run Check Disk Utility

Corrupt programs or system files can cause copy-and-paste not to work. A chkdsk scan can help resolve the issue. To do this:

1. Open File Explorer and select “This PC.”

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2. Right-click your hard drive and select “Properties.”

3. Go to “Tools” tab.

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4. Click “Check” under “Error checking.”

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Alternatively, you can run Check Disk from Command Prompt. To do this:

1. Right-click Start and select “Windows PowerShell (Admin).”

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2. Enter the following command:

Replace X with the letter representing your system drive – usually C by default.

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3. When asked to schedule a scan, press “Y.”

4. Restart your computer, and check if the problem is gone.

Run rdpclip.exe

In order to fix the copy-and-paste issue in Windows, you need to end the rdpclicp.exe process and then restart it. To do this:

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + ESC to start Task Manager.

2. Go to the “Details” tab.

Fix Copy Paste Not Working Windows Task Manager Details Tab

3. Right-click the “rdpclip.exe” process.

4. Select “End task.”

5. Go to Windows/system32 folder.

6. Look for “rdpclip.exe” and run it.

System Restore

If an update or app you installed recently is causing problems with your computer, you can restore Windows back to a restore point. While a System Restore won’t change your personal files, it may remove recently installed drivers, updates, and apps.

It restores your computer back to an earlier point in time when the copy and paste function worked normally. Restore points are generated whenever you install new drivers, apps, or Windows updates, or when you create them manually.

To perform a system restore, follow the steps below:

1. Open Control Panel.

2. In the search box, type “Recovery” and press Enter.

3. Select “Recovery.”

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4. Select “Open System Restore -> Next.”

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5. Choose the restore point related to the problem driver, app or update.

6. Select “Next -> Finish.”

Note: if there aren’t any restore points, the system protection might be turned off. To enable it (turn it on), take these steps:

1. Open Control Panel and search for “Recovery.”

2. Select “Recovery -> Configure System Restore -> Configure.”

3. Select “Turn on system protection” box.

Set Up a New User Profile

Corrupted user profiles may cause the copy-and-paste function not to work in Windows. You can set up a new user profile and see if it helps. To set up a new user profile, do the following:

1. Click Start and select Settings.

2. Select Accounts.

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3. Click “Family & Other people.”

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4. Click “Add someone else to this PC.”

Fix Copy Paste Not Working Windows Settings Accounts Family And Other People Add Someone Else

5. Type a user name, password, and password hint.

6. Select Next.

If the problem persists with the new user profile, try the next solution.

Disable Send to Bluetooth Add-on

This add-on is associated with Microsoft Office and can be found under Add-ons in Office software. Check every installed tool for this add-on and disable it in each Office tool.

Disable Shared Clipboard in Virtualbox

Virtualbox helps you run a virtual machine on your computer, but some of its features may interfere with the system, such as the shared clipboard. To fix the problem, disable this feature and try the copy-and-paste function again.


Copy and paste is an essential function that should ideally work every day without fail. Not being able to use it is not only frustrating but time consuming if you have to find alternatives. We hope these solutions helped you. Let us know what worked or what solutions you’ve used before by leaving a comment below.

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