I have been experiencing problems pasting data as a metafile after a change in the display scaling (DPI settings) of my primary monitor on Windows 10. The only way to fix the problem so far is to log out and log back in.

I would like to try and restart the service responsible for clipboard management, but I can't find it. The only documentation I found refers to a ClipSrv under Windows XP...

If anyone knows how to restart the clipboard management service, I'd be very happy to hear about it!


The simplest fix when clipboard functionality is not working is to open Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and select Windows Explorer from the Processes tab, then click "Restart". Be sure there are no file copy processes ongoing, and any open Windows Explorer windows will close, but it should restore your clipboard functions.

Explorer Restart


Since there are other posts showing how to restart it, you could also consider clearing (if the restart doesn't work or if you want to try something else):

cmd /c "echo off | clip"
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    This clear the content of clipboard, do not restart the service! Jun 26 '17 at 10:03
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    I have the same issue, and entering the command above gives me "ERROR: Access is denied." error :(.
    – thdoan
    Nov 16 '17 at 1:33
  • It does not restart the service, but if you have any trouble with the state of the clipboard service then this may fix it, as I found out. Strangely enough, just copying other data to the clipboard using Control-C / Paste didn't do it. Probably not true for everyone, but worth a try. Jul 6 '20 at 10:28

Just struggled around with my dead clipboard on Win10, build 19041.804. Finally I could get it back by

  • stop the Clipboard User Service in Services

    Windows services, clipboard user service

  • then execute the following command in an elevated Powershell terminal cmd /c "echo off |clip" and

  • restart the Clipboard User Service in Services again

Howto stop and restart the service: goto Search, type services, open Services and goto Clipboard User Services. Right click to Stop or Start the Service.

Howto open an elevated Powershell terminal: goto Search, type powershell and choose Run as Administrator.

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    This SEEMED to work, thank you for this! Let me edit your post to make it a bit more clear Mar 23 '21 at 20:05
  • just restarting the service worked for me Aug 6 '21 at 21:02

I found a way to restart the clipboard service related to Windows 10's clipboard history Win + V.


No entries are added to the clipboard history anymore.


  1. Open Windows Settings:

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  2. Toggle clipboard history off and on.

  • good idea but sadly this didn't work for me 😢 Mar 23 '21 at 20:04

As of my quick research, clipboard functionality is an integral part of Win32k.sys and there is no service responsible for the clipboard.

To address your problem, let's assume the data in the clipboard gets corrupted by some reason. Therefore, I would suggest you also to try to inspect the clipboard state after pasting the data into it.

To make the process more traceable you may try to load the data into the clipboard manually with PowerShell:

Write-Output $data | Set-Clipboard

You may also append items to the clipboard without replacing the existing content:

Write-Output $data2 | Set-Clipboard -Append

And check the clipboard content with:


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    No longer true for Windows 10. It was moved into a svchost.exe service. May 10 '20 at 17:53
  • Not that that matters much, as that service is an integral part of Windows and cannot be restarted. Jul 6 '20 at 10:25

Why You Can’t Able To Clear Clipboard In Windows 10 Where Windows 10 has lots of features, on the other hand, it has also lots of errors and problems. One of the major cause is its clipboard which automatically caught our copy-pasting and we lost our main clipboards, that’s frustrating.

It happens because of the windows feature, and to fix it I’ve several methods that are easy and effective. Let’s learn it step-by-step.

Let's fix this problem now

  1. Clear Entire Clipboard History
  2. Clear Complete Clipboard Data
  3. Clear Clipboard by pressing Windows Key + V.
  4. Use Prnscrn Button.
  5. Restart Your PC.
  6. Add Clear Clipboard Option In Desktop Context Menu Using Registry

Before restarting your PC, try closing your applications one by one, and test the clipboard. One of the apps could open the clipboard for exclusive access which prevents other apps from modifying the clipboard content.

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