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Lost Clipboard Contents

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by dmcclure, Nov 21, 2002.

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  1. dmcclure

    dmcclure Thread Starter

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    If I copy something to the clipboard, then load Excel, or Word, or some other programs, the clipboard is apparently cleared because if I try to Paste nothing happens. I have to go back to the original program, select and Copy, then Paste. Why would loading a program clear the clipboard? Can I avoid that happening?

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    Don
     
  2. Miz

    Miz

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    I found this, which applies to Word only but might be a clue as to where to start to find the fix:

    "This is, most likely, being caused by a macro or a Word add-in. To verify this, simply close Word. Then copy some data from other applications so you have some in your clipboard.

    Then, rather than starting Word the traditional way, click Start then Run the type winword.exe /a and click OK. This starts Word in its default install mode, ignoring any customizations or custom macros or anything in Word Startup folder.

    If you can then paste from the clipboard you know that some third party add-in or some other customization is causing the problem with your clipboard.

    One of the most common culprits is the Works to Word add-in. Check your Add/Remove programs section of the Control Panel and see if this is installed. If so, just uninstall it and it should clear things up."
     
  3. dmcclure

    dmcclure Thread Starter

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    I was wrong in my first post. This problem only occurs when I try to paste a previously copied item into Excel. I can copy, then open Word, or Publisher and then Paste OK. But if I copy, then open Excel and Paste, there is nothing there. Anything I copy after Excel is opened can be pasted OK. If I copy and paste text into newly opened Word (which works OK) then open Excel and try to Paste (which doesn't work), then go back to Word and Paste - I get an icon for Textbridge (which is installed on my computer). The icon is just the graphic, it doesn't act as a link. Is there a way to load Excel from the Run window??

    Don
     
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