How to Fix Copy and Paste Problems Associated with Microsoft Office

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Jul 25, 2013
This is a quirky problem with a few answers depending on the source of the issue. Before you try any of these, just make sure your Esc key isn't stuck down. That's the easiest fix :)

  • ■ General Fix #1: Go to registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\. Look for and delete the graphic number ( a square or an L) located before zone number 0. If it's not there, this isn't your fix.

    ■ General Fix #2: Look for "Send to Bluetooth" add-in under each office program and delete it. Find it under Options, Add-ins. If it's not listed, you don't have the add-in and it's not the problem. If you see it, go to Manage, Select COM add-ins and click Go. Check the box next to the add in and click Remove.

    ■ General Fix #3: Click the Start/Windows button, Type Go to Start (Start/Run) type the following in the search box: cmd /c “echo off | clip” (including the quotes) then hit Enter. Note that there is a space between "cmd" and "/" but nowhere else. I keep a copy of this command in my stickies on ClipX so I don't have to go back and find it every time this happens. If you prefer, you can create a desktop shortcut that does the same thing. Just right-click on any frees space on the desktop and select New, Shortcut. Type the command into the location box. Click Next, name the shortcut and Finish.

    ■ General Fix #4: Make sure you are using the most recent version of Flash Player. If not, update it.
Fixes associated with specific applications:

  • If you use Remote Desktop: Open task manager, end the RDPCLIP.EXE process, and then restart the task. To restart the task, go to applications tab, click new task and type in rdpclip.exe.

    If you use Advanced System Care 5 from IOBIT (ASC): Open the ASC Toolbox. Under Optimize, Smart RAM, Settings, uncheck "Clean Clipboard"

    If You use Skype: Delete the Add-ins for IE and Firefox (Skype might also cause problems when using the Click to Call feature in Chrome). Some have had luck uninstalling Skype, then re-installing the latest version.

    If the problem occurs in IE: Go to Internet Options, Advanced tab. Click Reset under Reset Internet Explorer Settings. Click OK. This fixes problems associated with malware.

    If you use Microsoft visual C++ 2005 (needed by some programs to work): Try uninstalling it if you don't absolutely need it. If you do need it, try General Fix #4 (the one that ultimately worked for me).

    If you use Adobe Acrobat: Try uninstalling it. Might need to use Foxit Reader instead.
Good Luck!
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