Copy Paste not Working on Windows 10 : How to Fix it

Copy Paste is the most useful function in a system. When it stops working, working on the computer becomes difficult. Whenever there is a copying a text or an image, it is saved on a virtual clipboard that we cannot see.

Understanding the issue: How Copy paste Works.

When pasting is done, it is pasted from the clipboard. If the copy-paste function is not working correctly, we may focus on following solutions to fix the issue.

Try the given step by step solutions to fix the issue:

Solution 1 : Using System 32 Folder

  • Choose file explorer.
  • Search for C:\Windows\System32
  • Type rdpclip in the search bar.
  • Right Click on rdpclip.exe and select Run as Administrator.
  • Search dwm.exe in the search bar.
  • Right Click on dwm and select Run as Administrator.
  • Restart the Computer.

Solution 2 : Reset the rdpclip.exe process

The rdpclip.exe process manages the copy-paste function. This process might get cumbersome away with time. Thus we must reset it.

  • Tap CTRL+ALT+DEL and choose Task Manager from among the options.
  • In the processes tab, get into the rdpclip.exe service.
  • Right-click and tap on End Process.
  • Close Task Manager and again open it.
  • Click to File >> Run new task.
  • In the dialogue box, type rdpclip.exe to tap Enter to re-initiate the procedure.
  • Restart the computer.
  • Through Command Prompt
    • 1] Tap Win + R to open Run window. Type the command cmd and press Enter for opening the Command Prompt window.
    • 2] Type the given Command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter: taskkill.exe /F /IM rdpclip.exe
    • This Command ends the rdpclip.exe task. Cmd Command Rdpclip
    • 3] Type rdpclip.exe in the window to press Enter. This Command re-initiates the rdpclip.exe task. Run Rdpclip
  • We may repeat the same process for the dwm.exe task in the Task Manager.

Solution 3 : Utilizing the “echo off” on Command Prompt

  • Open the Command Prompt window.
  • Type the following Command to press Enter:
    • cmd /c”echo off|clip
  • Restart the system.

Solution 4 : Check individual applications

At times the problem with the copy-paste function might not be system-specific but application-specific. We could check if the process is not working with specific applications. E.g. If the user was unable to paste the image in Paint, choose to copy-paste on Notepad.

If the problem is specific to a certain number of applications (or maybe just one), troubleshoot the application accordingly.

Solution 5 : Disable the antivirus program temporarily

At times, the antivirus program prevents the copy-paste function for security reasons. Disabling the antivirus program temporarily could help isolate the issue.

Solution 6 : Hardware and devices troubleshooter

  • Tap on the Start button and on the gear-like symbol to open the Settings menu.
  • Choose Updates and Security >> Troubleshoot.
  • Tap on Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.
  • Once the procedure is done, restart the system.

Hope the above solutions will help solve the copy-paste problem.