Clipboard won't clear

By macx ยท 9 replies
Dec 12, 2007
  1. All of a sudden, when I copy something, whether it be an
    Excel or Word file, a picture, or a bookmark, or a link out of
    Putfile, the clipboard won't clear after I paste it someplace
    and won't accept the next thing I want to copy.

    Just started all of a sudden.


  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    1. I wouldn't expect the clipboard to "clear" after a paste (if "clear" means the clipboard object is "erased"). You should be able to copy once and then paste it many, many times is the idea.
    2. Any error message when it "doesn't accept it"? You by chance trying to copy very large objects? Maybe have a limited amount of memory at that moment? Easiest thing is reboot and see if/when problem returns.
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    OK, to clarify a little.

    I guess before when I copied and pasted,
    I could then copy something else and it
    would paste correctly without rebooting.

    Now when I try to copy a second item,
    the first item still is what pastes - I can't
    paste the second item.

    And yes I do have to reboot to be able
    to copy and paste another item.

    Not large items - just links, bookmarks, etc,
    is all I was trying to copy/paste when this
    first started.

    No error message, by "not accepting it"
    I just meant the second item wouldn't
    "take" or whatever you'd call it - it won't
    paste. Just the first item is all that will

    If the clipboard is full or whatever, there
    must be a way of clearing it, or deleting
    whatever is on there?

    I've looked in help in Windows and in
    Firefox and can't find anything about
    the clipboard.

    Thanks for any help!
  4. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,412

    From this website

  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    What operating system are you running? Are you copy/paste items that are particularly large?

    A couple things tools to help you figure the problem out.

    1. Clipbook Viewer. A utility to see just what's on the clipboard. Available under several versions of Windows. If XP, do Start->Run enter clipbrd
    2. ClipBoardLocked. Some other process may be grabbing / locking the clip board without you knowing. If you are running XP, download GetOpenClipboardWindow. Run it once the problem occurs to see if the clipboard has been locked by another process.
  6. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Got thru the "clear clipboard" thing,
    certainly simple enuf - THANKS!!

    I'll see if the problem persists,
    if so will try that other thing.

    It's always simple when you know where
    to look and what to do, my trouble is
    always finding that!

    Thanks so much!

    PS - XP sp2
  7. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,412

    If you could take a minute to fill in some of your profile information that would be helpful to all members of the forum :)
    There's spaces for all the PC specs you could possibly think of, some of which are outlined here.
  8. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Sorry about that! I was fairly computer illiterate when I did lots of research then gathered parts and built this system myself a couple years ago, mostly so I could do home video onto DVDs. Learned a BUNCH off of this website, unfortunately also about security - had experienced several major melt downs incl a physically trashed hard drive, now I am at least reasonably secure.

    Got it filled out.
  9. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,412

    No problem, mate ;)

    It helps having the drop down thing for people's system specs because we can see your specs when we need to and don't have to keep asking what you have :)
  10. lady1geek

    lady1geek TS Rookie

    If anyone has this problem using Firefox, I've read many solutions, none of which works well - by which I mean, quick and easy. What works best for me is to press F5 (refresh) - that solves is for me, although I sometimes say a lot of bad words.
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