I use Windows Vista x64 and regularly use command line windows, for instance CMD.EXE. I have enabled QuickEdit Mode (and Insert Mode and AutoComplete), to be able to quickly copy and paste text from and to console windows.

Copying (select block, Enter) works fine. Pasting (right click) text also works, as long as it has been copied inside a console window. When I copied the text somewhere else however (in an editor, browser or whatever, or using CLIP.EXE), pasting into a console window does not work! :-(

This applies to all kinds of console windows: CMD.EXE, Cygwin bash.

Using the menu to Edit, Paste does not do anything either, so it's not a mouse thing. I also tried elevating CMD.EXE. I can copy/paste freely between console windows of all sorts: cmd/bash, elevated/normal, x64/x86...

I'm sure it did work on this machine until relatively recently. What could have happened? Some Windows Update perhaps?

The problem has been reported by others, but without a solution.

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    I don't have any problems with elevated/LUA copy and pasting. You don't happen to have any clipboard managers running?
    – surfasb
    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:54
  • @surfasb No, except for rdpclip.exe. Nov 8, 2011 at 13:35
  • So I assume you are using an RDP connection into a Terminal Server?
    – surfasb
    Nov 9, 2011 at 4:47
  • @surfasb I use Remote Desktop to the machine regularly. But the pasting (also) fails when I'm directly at the keyboard. Nov 9, 2011 at 9:56
  • It sounds so strange, because in Vista, third party programs can no longer stall the message queue as the OS now handles the clipboard msg queue.
    – surfasb
    Nov 9, 2011 at 17:49

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I use Alt+Space > e > p - works in any mode, and, after you get used to it, is almost as fast as any other shortcut.

  • For me it doesn't ("Using the menu to Edit, Paste does not do anything either"), that's why I asked... Nov 14, 2011 at 8:50

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