I have an issue in PowerShell ISE (Windows 7) where it takes around 2-3 seconds after copying some text from the scripting area before it actually saves into the clipboard. During this time the ISE window is unresponsive.

I don't experience this on any other machine, only my main computer at work, and I can't seem to find anything else on the internet about it.

My PC has done this for as long as I can remember, so still experiencing the issue after many a PC and ISE restart.

I also noticed the delay is present no matter how I copy the text:

Ctrl + C

Right-Click + 'Copy'

$ "test text" | clip

Does anyone know what causes this issue, and how I can resolve it?


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    Have you tried launching the ISE without a profile? powershell_ise.exe -NoProfile – root Oct 20 '16 at 16:01
  • @root Thanks for your comment - just tried that and there is still about a 2 second delay when copying – Bassie Oct 20 '16 at 16:03
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    Are other copy to clipboard commands slow as well? Have you tried restarting PowerShellI ISE? Have you tried restarting your computer? – DavidPostill Oct 20 '16 at 17:26
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    i'd first try a sfc /scannow which almost never helps but still is a good starting point. if that doesn't cure the issue, have you considered updating your PowerShell to a new version? – SimonS Oct 25 '16 at 12:19
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    @SimonS I think the sfc /scannow actually did it! – Bassie Oct 25 '16 at 14:12

use sfc /scannow to scan and repair missing or corrupted system files.

To view the log of the sfc execution, use:

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log >"%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt"

More Information: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833

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