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When I use Ctrl+C in Word (2003) it opens the clipboard collection basket.

I want it turned off, completely, always.

Is there a way to do it? (I wasn't able to find it)

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  1. On the Clipboard task pane, click Options.
  2. Clear the "Show Office Clipboard Automatically" check box.
  3. Clear the "Show Office Clipboard When Ctrl+C Pressed Twice" check box.

Note: To copy items to the Clipboard while it is turned off, select the "Collect Without Showing Office Clipboard" check box.

Source: MS Office Help File

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This doesn't stop it. It stops it from showing. – Mark W Sep 2 '15 at 8:13

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