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What are common reasons for copy-paste intermittently breaking inside Windows 2008 R2?

Scenario 1:

  1. You copy some text (keyboard shortcuts or menu click with mouse).
  2. When you go to paste it, whatever you previously had on your clipboard is still there.

Scenario 2:

  1. You copy some text (keyboard shortcuts or menu click with mouse).
  2. When you go to paste it, nothing is pasted.

Scenario 3:

  1. You copy some text (keyboard shortcuts or menu click with mouse).
  2. When you go to paste it, a single line break is pasted.

Other apps in use:

  1. Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, TweetDeck, Google Talk, Skype, iTunes, notepad++
  2. In the past, when doing programming with Eclipse, I had Scenario 1 happen all the time.
  3. Today, inside Visual Studio 2010, I mostly get Scenario 3.

What I'm currently doing to work around this issue

  1. Copying about a dozen times (ctrl-c) then pasting. If fails, repeat until it works.
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I've had this happen a few times (fixed by reboot). I've also had copy paste options greyed out on a right click. I'm curious as to the reason myself. –  NoCarrier Jan 31 '11 at 18:02
    
Its windows, reboot up to 3 times, fixes most intermittent issues, and no one knows why. Why do you use server software as a desktop OS? –  Moab Jan 31 '11 at 18:42

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This may be because your clipboard is corrupt. Restart the clipbook service from services.msc and it should fix the issue.

How to restart clipbook service:

  • Start -> Run
  • Enter services.msc, hit Enter
  • In the Services window. look for the service called ClipBook, select it
  • On the left pane, click on the link that says 'Restart' or 'Start' if it is not already started.

Hope that helps.

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