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.
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.
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.”
2. Right-click your hard drive and select “Properties.”
3. Go to “Tools” tab.
4. Click “Check” under “Error checking.”
Alternatively, you can run Check Disk from Command Prompt. To do this:
1. Right-click Start and select “Windows PowerShell (Admin).”
2. Enter the following command:
Replace X with the letter representing your system drive – usually C by default.
3. When asked to schedule a scan, press “Y.”
4. Restart your computer, and check if the problem is gone.
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.
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.
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.”
4. Select “Open System Restore -> Next.”
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.
3. Click “Family & Other people.”
4. Click “Add someone else to this PC.”
5. Type a user name, password, and password hint.
6. Select Next.