Troubleshoot copying and pasting with the Office Clipboard

ShowI can't turn off the Office Clipboard.

The Office Clipboard is always displayed when you press CTRL+C twice in an Office program. To turn off the Office Clipboard, do the following:

  1. On the Clipboard task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), click Options.
  2. Clear the Show Office Clipboard Automatically check box.
  3. Clear the Show Office Clipboard When Ctrl+C Pressed Twice check box.

ShowI can't add additional items to the Microsoft Office Clipboard.

There are already 24 items on the Microsoft Office Clipboard If you copy more than 24 items, the Office Clipboard will delete the first item copied and then collect the 25th item. Collected items remain on the Office Clipboard until you close all Office programs running on your computer. To begin copying items again, delete some items or click Clear All Button image on the Office Clipboard.

There are large items on the Office Clipboard The Office Clipboard may stop adding items — even if there are fewer than 24 — if you copy large items to it. The Office Clipboard can contain up to 4 megabytes (MB) of data if system RAM is less than 64 MB, or 8 MB if system RAM is 64 MB or greater. To begin copying items again, delete some items or click Clear All Button image on the Office Clipboard. If a single item is larger than 4 MB or 8 MB, you cannot copy the item to the Office Clipboard.

You are attempting to copy an item with an unsupported format There are some items that cannot be copied to the Office Clipboard because the format is not supported.

ShowThe Office Clipboard is not available.

The Microsoft Office Clipboard is not available anywhere that you cannot use the Copy, Cut, and Paste commands or in the Visual Basic Editor (Visual Basic Editor: An environment in which you write new and edit existing Visual Basic for Applications code and procedures. The Visual Basic Editor contains a complete debugging toolset for finding syntax, run-time, and logic problems in your code.).

However, if the Office Clipboard is displayed in any Office program, any items you cut or copy in any program are collected automatically.

ShowThe Office Clipboard is not automatically displayed when I copy multiple items.

  1. If the Clipboard task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.) is not displayed, click Office Clipboard on the Edit menu.
  2. On the Clipboard task pane, click Options.
  3. Make sure Show Office Clipboard Automatically is checked.

ShowI can't automatically copy items to the Office Clipboard when an Office program is opened.

  1. If the Clipboard task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.) is not displayed, click Office Clipboard on the Edit menu.
  2. On the Clipboard task pane, click Options.
  3. Make sure Collect Without Showing Office Clipboard is checked.

ShowThe Office Clipboard icon is not displayed.

ShowI don't see a status message when I copy items.

ShowMy copied item looks different in the Office Clipboard gallery.

In some cases, such as Unicode (Unicode: A character encoding standard developed by the Unicode Consortium. By using more than one byte to represent each character, Unicode enables almost all of the written languages in the world to be represented by using a single character set.) text, the image displayed in the gallery will look slightly altered. This is because text is always displayed in the gallery using the Tahoma font. The correct formatting and font information is restored when the item is pasted from the gallery.

ShowThe Paste All button is not available on the Office Clipboard.

 
 
Applies to:
Access 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003