Is it possible to copy and paste inside a Remote Desktop Connection session?
Click the Local Resources tab. Under Local devices and resources, click More.
In the new window, click Drives. Click OK to close.
Go back to General tab and click Save to save the settings for next time.
Barring any weird settings on the server side, you should be good to go.
Even when you have the "Clipboard" option enabled, you may still have problems!
If that's the case, use Task Manager to kill and restart the
rdpclip.exe process on local and remote machines.
More details on this blog post …
The only way I really knew to fix the clipboard transfer was to close my session and restart it. That meant closing the tools I was using like Visual Studio, Management Studio and the other ancillary processes I have running as I work and then restarting all of it just to restore the clipboard. But today I found a good link on the Terminal Services Blog explaining that what is really happening. The clipboard viewer chain is somehow becoming unresponsive on the local or remote system and events on the clipboards are not being relayed between systems. It is not necessarily a lock being put in place but some sort of failed data transmission. It then goes on to explain the 2 steps you can take to restore the clipboard without restarting your session.
Use Task Manager to kill the rdpclip.exe process
Run rdpclip.exe to restart it
if you are SuperUser (Adminisitrator) on the Remote Computer do the followings;
- Click Start
- Administrative Tools
- Terminal Services
- Terminal Services Configuration
- Double click RDP-Tcp connection under Connections
- Click Client Settings
- Uncheck Clipboard under Redirection (if it is checked that means it is disabled)
This may solve your problem which solved mine.
Yes, copying and pasting is possible. If you're using Windows 10 to remote into the other machine, ensure you are using the app titled "Remote Desktop Connection". Windows 10 apparently ships with 2 separate RDP apps:
- "Remote Desktop" - a newer, shinier more "visual" version
- "Remote Desktop Connection" - the original, classic-style you saw in older versions of windows
I never could get any of the other answers to work for copying local / pasting remotely using the newer RDP app. The "Paste" option remained grayed out on the remote machine. But once I realized there were two separate RDP apps on Windows 10, and I tried using the other app (which turned out to be the classic version)... I was able to do so successfully without jumping through any hoops. It just worked.
Try pasting to the Desktop of the RDP machine rather than into Windows Explorer.
Maybe this was due to the particular folder in Explorer requiring Administrator permissions, and pasting doesn't appear to pop up the permission elevation dialog. Either way, this workaround did the trick for me.