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FIX: there’s a problem with the clipboard by Bas Wijdenes

There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook.

Excel and other Microsoft Office applications have their own clipboard function. Within Microsoft Office you can copy the formatting or paste it as plain text. Excel displays this message “There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook” after you try to copy something because another program is using your clipboard. You can still copy and paste you can only copy to other programs, but no Microsoft Office programs.

There's a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook
There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook

There is no complete solution to this problem unless you can find out which program kidnapped your clipboard. I did find a workaround to turn off the notification in Excel.


Workaround

Short guide
  • Start Excel.
  • Go to File in the upper-left corner.
  • Click Options.
  • Go to General.
  • Under User Interface Options un-check Enable Live Preview.

You shouldn’t be getting the message now.


Long guide

Click on Start and search for Excel.

There's a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook
There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook

Go to File in the upper-left corner.

There's a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook
There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook

Open Options at the bottom of the menu.

There's a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook
There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook

Find Enable Live Preview under User Interface Options and uncheck it.

There's a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook
There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste this content within this workbook

If you do have a real solution , please let me know this in the comments and I’ll update the blog post.

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Bas Wijdenes

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work full-time as a Services Engineer. In my spare time I write about the error messages that I encounter during my work. Furthermore, I am currently occupied with Office 365, Azure infrastructure, and PowerShell for automating daily tasks.

10 thoughts on “FIX: there’s a problem with the clipboard by Bas Wijdenes”

  1. My problem is not the comment it’s the fact once I complete the paste it freezes the spreadsheet and I cannot do anything further such as click into another cell without saving the spreadsheet, closing it down and then opening it again. I have to copy and paste a lot and it’s impossible to save, close and open after each copy and paste.

  2. Looks like the response is faster and so far solved the issue. The problem with this is that once this happened, any worksheet trigger event in my VBA will stop from functioning. I need to close not only working workbook but all Excel application and re-open the workbook to get trigger event to work again. However, the issue will not stop macro from running.

  3. This fix may get rid of that annoying message, which I get all the time in Excel, but I like Live Preview, and use it a lot. So for me, it is not something I want to do.

    This is a problem unique to Excel, no other Office product. To me, that means Microsoft should fix it. We shouldn’t have to find hacks to get around it.

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