I use Google Remote Desktop using the Chrome web application to connect to a remote server.

Problem: I am unable to copy and paste host to remote server. How to enable it?

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On the right side of Chrome Remote Desktop, the small blue arrow has Keyboard controls and its submenu has the option to enable the clipboard.


Screenshots illustrating sunil shakya's answer:

Step 1: Open Keyboard Controls menu on Google Remote Desktop

Step 2: Enable clipboard synchronization:

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    This is totally broken for me. The option is no longer available even though it was working fine yesterday, last week, and earlier today.
    – user24601
    Apr 23, 2020 at 19:38
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    please upvote question & answers. I've forgotten this once already .. back for a second bite of the cherry. works on windows 10 to mint for my July 2020
    – zzapper
    Jul 16, 2020 at 6:39
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    I feel bad I had to look this up, because reading is hard :( tyvm tho!
    – Jared
    Dec 13, 2020 at 5:16

Took me a while to check how to copy-paste from Windows into a Mac via Google Remote Desktop.

  • Open the Session options via the arrow, select Configure key mappings and map:

    From To
    ControlLeft MetaLeft

Chrome Remote Desktop can do it all. It will do the copy/paste keyboard shortcuts via the usual CTRL-C CTRL V.

And will do file upload/download via the links on the left panel:

  • Fine for text. But file transfer must be done via the upload/download link on the "right-side" remote desktop menu. And the file go to the desktop. Feb 23, 2021 at 10:55

After latest update (Dec 2021) of Chrome Remote Desktop, Ctrl-C Ctrl-V no longer works and Copy/Paste doesn't work on Windows 10. There is no apparent way to activate the clipboard.

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