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Copy and Paste wont work......

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tnwildcat01, Oct 31, 2004.

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  1. tnwildcat01

    tnwildcat01 Thread Starter

    Oct 31, 2004
    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? :cool:
  2. rebon


    Oct 21, 2001
    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
  3. Dust Sailor

    Dust Sailor

    Mar 17, 2004
    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 .
  4. dvk01

    dvk01 Derek Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
    where are you trying to paste to
  5. tnwildcat01

    tnwildcat01 Thread Starter

    Oct 31, 2004
    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.
  6. junglejeff


    May 25, 2004
    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.
  7. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    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.
  8. snappy_31


    Dec 3, 2003
    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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