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31-Oct-2004, 05:13 AM #1
Copy and Paste wont work......
The copy and paste function on my computer has quit working! It will allow you to copy...(at least I think it is anyway), but it will not paste anything. I have tried everything!! I am about ready to kill this thing. I'm running xp home. Any ideas?
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31-Oct-2004, 07:02 AM #2
Maybe a virus or spyware, run your AV and spyware removal programmes. Or you could try this.

Why not try a system restore to a point before this started to happen? You can see how here

Or you could try to repair xp.

How to go about Repairing Windows XP
1. Put your Windows XP Install CD into your CD-ROM drive.
2. Reboot your computer.
3. Let your system boot off of the CD.
4. Let the Setup go through the first part of the Installation procedure.
5. When you come to the screen in which it says "Welcome to Setup." press Enter to Setup Windows XP.
6. Press F8 to agree to the End User License.
7. Let the Setup search your system for previous versions of Windows.
8. When the Setup is finished searching your system, select your Windows XP Installation and press the R key on your keyboard to start the Repair Procedure.

This is the part that might make you nervous . The Setup will delete all major system files and then replace them with new copies.

You will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update again because it replaces the files.

Don't worry, your user data is still intact. Nothing has been lost, nothing has been deleted. Your data is safe, just the OS has been repaired, so relax.

There is nothing to worry about as long as you follow the steps to repairing Windows XP.

good luck
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31-Oct-2004, 02:11 PM #3
It may be something as simple as making sure the cursor is active when you want to paste . Even though it looks active left click on the cursor anyway and then right click to paste . See if this helps .
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31-Oct-2004, 02:49 PM #4
where are you trying to paste to
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01-Nov-2004, 01:42 PM #5
I have ran adaware, and it came up with nothing.

To answer your question, what am I trying to copy and paste, I first noticed it the other day in Paint Shop Pro 7, it wouldn't copy and paste anything. I closed it out, and tried in notepad also. And it wouldn't work there either. I just don't get this thing. The next day the copy and paste function seemed to work, now it's doing it again. When I right click on the mouse, after I have copied something, the paste it greyed out.
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01-Nov-2004, 04:16 PM #6
If it's greyed out then your not copying it correctly or your clipboard isn't functioning. See if you can copy using the keyboard combo ctrl-c.
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01-Nov-2004, 07:07 PM #7
If you reinstall Windows as suggesed above, you will also have to reinstall ALL subsequent updates. I would do that only as an absolute last resort.

First try restarting in Safe Mode (from the f8 bootmenu) and see if it works there. If it does, then there is something interfering.

If the problem has to do with "files" not "text", check Internet Options > Security > Custom and make sure it is not disabled there.

Go to Start and run clipbrd.exe (you can also find and make a shortcut to this). When you "copy" something, open the clipbrd and see if it is present there.

Determine if it makes any difference what you are pasting to, such as notepad or wordpad, etc...

Finally, atleast in previous Windows versions, this problem usually gets resolved by reinstalling Internet Explorer. You may have to do that here and it would be preferable to a Windows reinstall.

In fact if you have Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 SP1 in Add/Remove programs >> try selecting Remove > Repair first.
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01-Nov-2004, 09:24 PM #8
The Paste will be greyed out inf the format of the copied text/pic doesn't fit the "format" excepted by the program .. Try using the keyboard Paste => CTRL + V
Works Faster and way better then the mouse
Hope this helps
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